Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for the Study of International Migration
Department: Department of Sociology
253A Haines Hall
375 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1551
Keywords: Immigration, Migrations, Emigration, Assimilation, Integration, Citizenship, National identity
Roger Waldinger is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration. He has worked on international migration throughout his career, writing on a broad set of topics, including transnationalism and homeland ties, labor markets, assimilation, the second generation, high-skilled immigration, immigration policy, and public opinion. Waldinger has published nine books, most recently Origins and Destinations: The Making of the Second Generation, co-authored with Renee Luthra and Thomas Soehl (Russell Sage Foundation Press: 2018); A Century of Transnationalism: Immigrants and their Homeland Connections (co-edited with Nancy Green; University of Illinois Press, 2016); and The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, and their Homelands (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015). A 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, his work has been supported by grants from the Ford, Haines, Mellon, National Science, Sloan and Russell Sage Foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. With funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, Waldinger, along with Tianjian Lai, a graduate student in Sociology, has begun a new project focusing on the impact of the citizenship and legal status of immigrant parents on the well-being of their U.S.-born children. Other current research concerns the acquisition of citizenship and the development of national identity among immigrants and their descendants.