Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration: Aysegul Balta Ozgen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration (CSERI), University of Pennsylvania

Considering the global rise of xenophobic, populist and anti-immigrant public opinion and attitudes, how can host communities and refugee communities live together peacefully? How does the perception of nativist political attitudes impact the prospects of integration of refugees? I address these questions with a comparative design: I focus on Syrian refugees displaced since 2011 and I compare their integration experiences in Canada, Germany, Turkey, and the United States.

Education & Inequality: Amy Hsin, Associate Professor of Sociology, Queens College, CUNY

A sizable body of sociological research has established legal status as a critical axis of stratification in American society. At the same time, immigration scholars have cautioned against viewing legal status as a dichotomy and advocated for a perspective that treats legal status as a continuum that ranges from statuses that fully exclude individuals from legal rights to statuses that confer nearly the same rights as native-born citizens.