The Migration Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to raise the status of migration research, teaching, service and public events at UCSB and bring it to the center of the campus’s intellectual activity and teaching mission. Our focus is to promote research and teaching on inequality, immigrant integration, collective action and policy alternatives, especially in the context of emerging nationalist politics and retrenchment on immigration. Read more! 

UCSB Faculty Spotlight!

Jean Beaman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was previously on the faculty at Purdue University and has held visiting fellowships at Duke University and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Her research is ethnographic in nature and focuses on race/ethnicity, racism, international migration, and state-sponsored violence in both France and the United States. She is author of Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France (University of California Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles and chapters. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. She is also an Editor of H-Net Black Europe, an Associate Editor of the journal, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and Corresponding Editor for the journal Metropolitics/Metropolitiques.


Liz Ackert is a an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include racial/ethnic inequality,  immigration, education, health disparities, urban geography, and quantitative methods. Her individual and collaborative work examines explanations for why  racial/ethnic and immigrant-origin groups are unequally distributed across contexts–including schools, neighborhoods, and immigrant destinations–and evaluates  the consequences of this contextual inequality for disparities in outcomes in domains such as education, residential mobility, and health. She is particularly interested in understanding how the attributes of immigrant-receiving contexts, including states, communities, neighborhoods, and schools, influence the educational and health outcomes of children and adolescents of Mexican origin.

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Statement on filing of amicus briefs in support of UC Board of Regents' DACA case

On September 27, 2019, the Regents of the University of California filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Since then, hundreds of corporations, national security experts, colleges and universities, and members of Congress, among others, have filed amicus, or “friend of the court,” briefs in support of DACA.

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Upcoming Events

Immigrant Resilience Week, formerly known as Immigration Awareness Week, is happening once again...

  1. January 20, 2020 - 8:00am to January 24, 2020 - 8:00pm

The Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites...

  1. February 9, 2020 - 11:45pm


  1. January 31, 2020 - 4:15pm

The Dean of Social Sciences announces a new cluster hiring initiative focused on recruiting faculty with expertise on the topic of Global Migration. In naming this area of excellence, the Dean has invited departments across the Division to participate in a multi-year hiring initiative, though which we seek to achieve deep and sustained interdisciplinary expertise and collaboration on Global Migration, in research, teaching, and service. 

  1. January 29, 2020 - 10:00pm
  2. March 4, 2020 - 10:00pm

Passing by Oxford? Check out this series of public seminars in the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford!