New Directions in Immigration History

Solicited by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS)

Friday, March 31, 2023, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Type: Lightning Round

Tags: Ethnicity; Immigration and Internal Migration; Race


This panel brings together early-career scholars whose work explores new trends in immigration history. Their projects show the important intersections between business history, disability studies, environmental history, and carceral studies and immigration history. They also explore how notions of empire, settler colonialism, and surveillance are critical to many new projects in this field. The IEHS Program Committee sees this lightning session as an opportunity for these scholars to share their research and highlight exciting new directions in the field. It also regards this session as an opportunity for community-building for the presenters and attendees alike. 

Session Participants

Chair: Anna On Ya Law, CUNY Brooklyn College

Chair: Maddalena Marinari, Gustavus Adolphus College

Presenter: Katherine Carper, Boston College
Katherine Carper is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston College. She received her PhD from Boston College in 2020 for her dissertation, "The Migration Business, 1824-1876," which received the Donald and Hélène White Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Social Sciences. Carper specializes in the social history of nineteenth-century United States immigration. Her current book project explores the intersection of business and immigration policy. Her research has been supported by the American Historical Association, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the Organization of American Historians.

Presenter: Matthew Guariglia, UC-Hastings, School of Law
Dr. Matthew Guariglia is an affiliated scholar at University of California, Hastings School of Law and a historian of race, ethnicity, and state power. His book, Police and the Empire City: Race, Immigration, and the Origins of Modern Policing, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. His dissertation was the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. 

Presenter: Janna Elizabeth Haider, UC Santa Barbara
Janna Haider is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the History department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to arriving at UCSB, she earned an MA in South Asian Studies at the University of Washington. She uses her cross-disciplinary educational background to study migration from the Indian subcontinent to the west coast of the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, examining how contact with the legal infrastructures of the borders of the US and the British Empire produce race as a legal construct on the bodies of immigrants. 

Presenter: Samuel Klee, University of Oslo
Samuel Klee is a PhD Fellow in American Studies at the University of Oslo in Norway. His dissertation examines farms that functioned like prisons for farmworkers (Mexican migrants, incarcerated Japanese Americans, and prisoners of war from Germany and Italy) during World War II. His broader research interests include environmental history, the carceral state, and surveillance capitalism.

Presenter: Carie Renee Rael, Rutgers University New Brunswick
Carie Rael is a doctoral candidate in U.S. history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Her dissertation, “In the Shadow of Disneyland and Conservative Orange County Politics: Latinx Resistance and Community Building in Anaheim and Santa Ana, 1942-2012” examines Latinx activists in Orange County who repeatedly organized against the threat of displacement and criminalization. Her research focuses on immigration, labor studies, Latinx studies, and the carceral state in Southern California. She received her B.A. and M.A. in History from California State University, Fullerton.

Presenter: Hannah Esther Zaves-Greene, New York University
Hannah Zaves-Greene received her PhD in American Jewish history from NYU. She specializes in immigration, gender, disability, and legal history. Her dissertation, Able to Be American: American Jews and the Public Charge Provision in United States Immigration Policy, 1891-1934, explores American Jews’ engagement with discrimination rooted in health and disability in federal immigration law. She holds a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Previously, she taught at the New School and Cooper Union. Her work appears in American Jewish History, AJS Perspectives, and Activist History Review, and is forthcoming in an edited volume from NYU Press.