The Center for Migration and Development (CMD) promotes scholarship, original research, and intellectual exchange among faculty and students with an interest in international migration and national development. Established in 1998 with a founding grant from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Center is now lodged within the Office of Population Research, directed by Douglas S. Massey, and the Department of Sociology, chaired by Miguel A. Centeno. It promotes sociological and interdisciplinary research and exchange in its topical areas.
As part of its regular roster of activities, the CMD offers two Colloquium Series every year, one during the spring semester and one in the fall. The purpose of this lecture series is to provide members of the Princeton Community—including faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students but also Princeton residents and local grassroots organizations—with an opportunity to obtain state-of-the-art information on issues related to migration and development. We include seasoned researchers but also young scholars conducting rigorous and timely work on a wide variety of relevant subjects. We also feature practitioners and activists whose views may enhance general knowledge and understanding of migration and development. Among other topics, the CMD Colloquium Series has showcased immigration and art in Florida and California; rural-urban migration in Latin America; the adaptation of refugees and displaced populations in Europe; the impact of residential segregation in the U.S.; and global economic trends affecting urbanization in various parts of the world.
Fall 2021 Colloquium Series
We feature a remarkable collection of speakers representing various generations and fields of expertise. Lorgia García Peña is a celebrated young scholar who has successfully combined cultural and literary analysis with timely social interventions. Ali Valenzuela—currently at Princeton and soon to join the department of government at American University—will discuss the Latino vote. Two of our speakers, Scott Moskowitz and Christopher Hale, have recently defended dissertations of extraordinary quality on topics relevant to migration and development. Four presenters—José Luis Velasco, Miguel Centeno, Alejandro Portes, and Chris Hale—will address subjects related to institutions and democracy in various settings. Their lectures are a preamble to a conference on institutions and development, sponsored by the CMD, and scheduled to take place in the 2022 spring term.