For SAR’s 2018-2019 Mellon Fellow John Arroyo, the hotly contested gubernatorial race in Georgia is more than just a news story passing through his feed. Since July 2016, Arroyo, the MIT-trained urban planner, has been visiting Gwinnett County, Georgia, and researching Mexican immigrant experiences in the region. Arroyo’s timely ethnographic research illustrates the importance of new perspectives based on interdisciplinary research that bridges urban planning with migration studies, Latinx studies, and urban sociology.
William Calvo-Quirós, one of SAR’s 2018-2019 Mellon Fellows, was one of three Americans invited to join 230 global participants in the World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism, and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration.
Katrin Lamon Fellow Thomas Michael Swensen explains his book writing project, The Great Land, which he is completing during his 2017-2018 residency at SAR.
Sociologist Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo summarizes the research underlying the book she is writing at SAR, examining the transformation and persistence of communities in South L.A., which has seen a tremendous influx of Latino/a immigration and is no longer predominantly African-American. She focuses on three neighborhoods, on generational differences, and particularly on changing uses of public spaces such as parks.
This post introduces a new series, “SAR Fellows: In Their Own Words,” conceived as a 21st century update on the old SAR publication, “Discovery.” Fellows are each asked to write a blog post presenting the research they are writing up during their residence here this year, and are invited to enrich that post with images, links, sound files, or other multimedia content appropriate to their individual projects.