The University of Maryland’s “cluster hire” in Migration Studies has proven to be central to the Center’s scholarship. On May 31, 2012, Provost Ann Wylie awarded the Center for the History of the New America and five departments in the Colleges of Arts and Humanities and of Behavioral and Social Sciences a one quarter of million dollar grant to add five scholars in the study of migration to the University’s faculty. The award was matched one-for-one by the two Colleges and five Departments involved—American Studies; Anthropology; the School of Languages, Literature and Cultures; Sociology; and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies—bringing the University’s total new contribution to the study of migration to one half million dollars. Together with members of Maryland’s current faculty who teach and study the movement of peoples, these five scholars will make College Park into an international center for the study of immigration
Esther Kim Lee, formerly Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, joined the faculty of the School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies in January 2013. Professor Lee is an expert in the history of Asian American migration and theater. Lee’s edited anthology, Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas, was published by Duke University Press in September 2012. The collection features seven plays written by playwrights from the U.S., Canada, and Chile. She is the Editor of Theatre Survey, the official journal of the American Society for Theatre Research. She is currently working on a book project on the Chinese American playwright David Henry Hwang.
Andrés Villarreal, formerly Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, joined the UMD faculty in August 2014. Professor Villarreal is a specialist in the sociology of Mexico and the U.S., with an emphasis on migrations of Mexicans within Mexico, to the U.S., and returning to Mexico. He is the author of numerous articles, most recently “Ethnic Identification and its Consequences for Measuring Inequality in Mexico” in American Sociological Review. He is currently serving as the Principal Investigator for a National Institute of Child and Human Development project entitled “Economic Liberalization and Social Inequality in Mexico.”
Nancy Mirabal joined the faculty in the Department of American Studies in Fall 2014. Professor Mirabal’s work focuses on the migration of Caribbean people to the United States. Her book, Hemispheric Notions: Diaspora, Masculinity, and the Racial Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1945, draws on hundreds of interviews, and she has a strong interest in oral history. She will add to the growing strengths of the Center’s Archive of Immigrant Voices, a digital humanities and oral history project. She comes to UMD from the Department of Latino/a Studies at San Francisco State University.
Christina Getrich also arrived in Fall 2014, joining the Department of Anthropology. Professor Getrich is a medical anthropologist with an extensive background in qualitative research and experience working with diverse Hispanic and Native American peoples in the Southwest. Her research focuses on health disparities among Hispanic immigrants and on immigration policies and enforcement practices, citizenship and belonging, identity, second-generation youth, and immigrant families. Professor Getrich will arrive at the University just in time for our conference on “Migration, Disease, Medicine, and Public Health in a Global Age: An Exploration of Immigrants and Health in International Perspective” (September 18-20) jointly sponsored by the Center and the Maryland Center for Health Equity. Accompanying the conference will be a massive health festival filling Cole Field House and expected to provide medical and dental care for some 80,000 people.
Thayse Lima joined the School of Literature, Languages, and Cultures in January 2015. Ms. Lima completed her doctoral work at Brown University, one of the few universities in the United States to have a free-standing PhD-granting Portuguese/Brazilian Department. Her work, which is heavily based in archival research, brings to life a movement in Brazil to bring Brazilian literature into the Latin American mainstream, thereby redefining and broadening the concept of Latin American cultural production itself. Her research, as she describes, “demonstrates how transnational circulation of intellectual thought also has a significant impact in the way cultural identity and geo-cultural borders are conceived.” Lima, a native of Brazil, has four articles in print and one forthcoming.