Affiliate Faculty

The Center Affiliated Faculty represent a community of scholars engaged in a broad range of research on immigration policy, the migrant experience, and related issues. Faculty Affiliates take part in Center work-in-progress seminars, conferences, film series, and research projects.

Judith Freidenberg

Judith Freidenberg ( is an Associate Professor of Anthropology who is currently researching health care and employment needs of Latin American immigrant retirees in Langley Park, Maryland. She coordinates the Network for Latino Research to foster research on social issues affecting local immigrant populations from Latin America. She is currently the Program Director for a new project at the University of Maryland investigating the anthropology of immigrant life. This program proposes to build links between the research and the policy communities to contribute to our knowledge of the New Americans. You can find her presentation on her most recent publication, Contemporary Conversations on Immigration in the United States: The View from Prince George's County, Maryland here.

David Freund

David Freund ( is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland who specializes in 20th-century U.S. history, with a research focus on the American metropolis, racial politics, and the impacts of public policy on economic opportunity and popular ideology. He is the author of Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Surburban America. His current projects include a book-length history of the federal state's impact on financial markets, economic growth, and free market ideology since the Great Depression and The Modern American Metropolis, an edited source book for Wiley Blackwell.

Gary Gerstle

Gary Gerstle ( Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University, is the author, co-author, and co-editor of six books and the author of more than thirty articles on twentieth-century American history. His particular interests include: immigration, race, and nationality; the significance of class in social and political life; and social movements, popular politics, and the state. His first book, Working-Class Americanism (Cambridge, 1989), explores issues of class, ethnicity, and Americanization among workers and their unions during the Great Depression. American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century (Princeton, 2001), winner of the 2001 Saloutos Prize for the outstanding work in immigration and ethnic history, examines how the modern American nation was shaped by the robust, protean, and contradictory traditions of civic and racial nationalism. He is also co-editor of E Pluribus Unum? Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation (2001). His many articles include "Liberty, Coercion, and the Making of Americans" (Journal of American History, 1997), which has been anthologized in The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience and republished in Spanish in Desarrollo Economico, an Argentine journal.

Perla Guerrero

Perla Guerrero ( is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and the first core faculty member in the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in 2010. Her research and teaching interests lie comparative race and ethnicity, immigration, space and place, labor, and 20th century U.S. history. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her work is informed by historical methods and human geography as they pertain to Latina/o Studies, American Studies, and the U.S. South. Last year Dr. Guerrero was a Latino Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow as well as Goldman Sachs Junior Fellow at the National Museum of American History.

Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz

Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz ( is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. He is a comparative and historical sociologist. In one line of research, Professor Korzeniewicz studies different dimensions of global inequality (e.g., between countries, within countries, and between men and women). A second line of research focuses on social movements, particularly in Latin America. Using a World-Systems approach, his recent work has examined the interaction between globalization, inequality and structural adjustment policies, as well as patterns of response and participation by civil society to free trade agreements in the Americas. His latest book is Unveiling Inequality: A World-Historical Perspective.

Alan Kraut

Alan Kraut is Professor of History and an affiliate faculty member of the School of International Service at American University. He is also a Non-resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. The immediate past President of the Organization of American Historians, the largest professional organization of American historians, he specializes in U.S. immigration and ethnic history, the history of medicine in the U.S., and nineteenth-century US history. He has authored or edited nine books and over a hundred articles. His book Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the “Immigrant Menace” (Basic, 1994) won several national awards, including the Theodore Saloutos Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the Phi Alpha Theta Award for the Best Book in History by an established author. Most recently, he has co-edited Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping the Nation's Immigration Story (Rutgers University Press, 2013). He received his Ph. D. in history from Cornell University in 1975.

Siv B. Lie

Siv B. Lie is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland. Her research in ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology examines the cultural politics of expressive practices and minority rights with a focus on how Romani ("Gypsy") populations use music and language to serve their own social, political, and economic interests. Siv has published in Popular Music and Society and Ethnic and Racial Studies and has a piece forthcoming in Jazz and Culture. She is co-founder and Principal Coordinator of the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, an organization that brings together scholars, artists, and community members to raise awareness about Romani musics and cultures, and Co-Curator of the Music section of RomArchive, a digital archive of Romani arts set to launch in 2018. She received her Ph.D. from New York University.

Peter Mallios

Peter Mallios ( is an Associate Professor of English and founding director of the Foreign Literatures in America project at the University of Maryland. His research and teaching focus on 19th and 20th century U.S. literature, history, law, and politics, and global developments in the modern and modernist novel. He is the author of Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity (Stanford UP, 2010) and is currently working on two book projects: a history of foreign authored literature in the U.S., and a study of the constitutional effects of the Woodrow Wilson administration on modern American literature.

Julie Park

Julie Park ( is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. She is also a faculty associate of the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). Professor Park's research focuses most broadly on the adaptation process of immigrants in the United States which includes the areas of immigration, demography, race, and urban studies. Professor Park currently teaches courses in immigration, Asian Americans Studies, and social demography. Other undergraduate courses include Asian American Public Policy and Interethnic Diversity in the West. She has also taught the following graduate courses: Urban Demography and Growth, Urban Diversity and Communication, and Statistics and Arguing from Data.

Linda Rabben

Linda Rabben is an associate research professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland. Professor Rabben has studied, written about and worked on migration, human rights, development and environmental issues in the United States, Brazil and other countries for more than 25 years. Her professional experience includes writing, research, training and public speaking on migration for numerous organizations, such as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, immigrant rights groups, religious congregations and community groups. She is the author of many books and articles, including Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History (University of Washington Press, 2016). Her migration research has included fieldwork in the United States, Britain, France and the Netherlands. She did graduate work at Sussex University(UK) and received a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology and Latin American studies from Cornell University.

David Sicilia

David Sicilia ( is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Henry Kaufman Fellow in Business History in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. His research and teaching focus on the evolution of global and U.S. capitalism, including the role of immigrant entrepreneurs. He is co-author or co-editor of seven books and numerous articles on business and economic history, and a frequent commentator on national and international media outlets.

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