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Migration and International Dialogue TIG

This TIG will contribute to:1. Serve as a conduit of information for members who share interests in migration research and issues.2. Provide a structure to facilitate communication among SFAA members, the Annual Program Chair and Committee, the Meeting Coordinator, and the SFAA Business office.3. Explore best practices to communicate with non-members in and out of the US regarding the dissemination of migration knowledge produced at the meeting.4. Promote debate on issues related to Migration…See More
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Columbus, OH
About Me:
I'm a cultural anthropologist, at Ohio State (THE ohio state, thank you very much). I work in Mexico (Oaxaca) and study outcomes of migration and issues of development. I've also done work with Dominicans in the US and comparative work with a colleague who studies Turkish migration patterns.
Area(s) of Training
cultural anthropology, ethnography
Area(s) of Expertise
Economic anthropology, migration and development
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
Associate Professor, OSU

Jeffrey H. Cohen's Blog

Thoughts on Immigration Reform

I haven't added anything here in years, but this is a short essay for SLACA that captures a least some of my thoughts on the immigration reform debate.


The debate concerning how best to reform US immigration is constructed around three themes: threats to national security, the legal status of migrants, and the negative economic impact of migrant workers.  I argue that while these issues are important they are based upon flawed interpretations of the immigration…


Posted on March 2, 2013 at 10:31pm

working paper

Finally, an update-if you are interested in reading more about my take on the rural response to events in Oaxaca you can! There is a working paper at CCIS (Center for Comparative Immigration Studies) at the University of California, San Diego. In the paper I present preliminary data on research in three communities and argue that for most rural Oaxacans last year's strikes and violence have had a negative impact, and this is particularly so for artisans who are dependent on… Continue

Posted on July 13, 2007 at 8:13am

Oaxaca Research

I am currently at the end of a short piece of research in Oaxaca, Mexico with funding from the NSF. The project, The role of crises in

migration outcomes: rural Oaxacans and politics in Oaxaca City, Mexico,
is an investigation into the impacts of last year's unrest (strikes, violence, economic chaos) on rural communities. So, working in three pueblos

a suburban bedroom community for Oaxaca-but also an independent town

a craft producing town

a rural,… Continue

Posted on May 8, 2007 at 11:21am

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