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Michael Jones-Correa, Ph.D., Director

Michael Jones-Correa, Ph.D., is President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration. He taught previously at Harvard and Cornell, where he served as the Robert J. Katz Chair of the Department of Government from 2014-2016.  He is a co-author of Latinos in the New Millennium (Cambridge, 2012) and Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (Temple, 2010), the author of Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City (Cornell, 1998), the editor of Governing American Cities: Inter-Ethnic Coalitions, Competition and Conflict (Russell Sage Foundation, 2001), and co-editor of Outsiders No More? Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation (Oxford 2013). He has been a lead investigator for the 2012 and 2016 Latino Immigrant National Election Study (LINES), the 2006 Latino National Survey, the Philadelphia-Atlanta Project, and other research, as well as the author of several dozen pieces on immigration, race, ethnicity, and citizenship in the United States.  This research has received support from the Carnegie, Ford, MacArthur, Russell Sage, and National Science foundations, among others. Dr. Jones-Correa has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, and was team leader and fellow for the 2010-2013 theme project “Immigration: Settlement, Immigration, and Membership,” at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell.

Aysegül Balta Ozgen, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Aysegül is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at University at Buffalo, State University of New York in 2019. She received her B.A. degrees in Sociology and Political Science & International Relations from Bogazici University and M.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. She defines herself as a scholar of international migration and her research broadly explores refugee integration. The big question that connects different pieces of her work is: how can newcomers to a place live together in harmony with people who have already been living there? She examines this topic in connection with sociology of organizations, sociology of law and policy, and urban sociology. In her National Science Foundation (NSF) funded dissertation titled “Refugee Integration in Comparative Perspective: Syrians in Canada, Germany, Turkey, and the United States” she examines how policies shape refugees’ integration experiences. Her previous work has been published as book chapters and an article in City & Community, and currently she is working on her book manuscript based on her dissertation research. You can contact Aysegül via aysegulbaltaozgen.com.

Tanika Raychaudhuri, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Tanika is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at Princeton University in 2019. She specializes in American politics and her research interests are at the nexus of political behavior, race, immigration, and inequality. Her research has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities. Her dissertation project explores why Asian Americans, a group with some conservative predispositions, supports Democrats in national elections. This research develops a novel “theory of social transmission,” grounded in partisan influence from peers in local contexts, and tests it along with existing theories using national surveys, qualitative interviews, a large panel dataset of college students, and an original social media experiment. Tanika is also working on on several collaborative research projects on topics such as income inequality and the college experience, Puerto Rican political mobilization, and media framings of opioid use. While at Princeton, she served as a Research Consultant for Princeton Research in Experimental Social Science and as an Assistant Instructor for courses in quantitative methods, experimental methods, and American politics. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2014. For more information about her research, visit: tanikar.com.