You are kindly invited to follow LAUD TALKS: Spring 2018-2019 organized by the Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, FADA.
Speakers: Assoc. Prof. Jamie Lew & Assoc. Prof. Mara Sidney (Rutgers University Center for Migration and the Global City)
Title: “Paradoxes of Refuge: How urban refugees navigate borders of race, space, and policy”
Date & Place: March 19, 2019, Tuesday, 12.30-13.30, FB-309
Jamie Lew is associate professor of sociology at Rutgers—Newark. She received her Ph.D. in comparative education and sociology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research area includes sociology of education, immigration and education, race and ethnicity. She focuses on school achievement and identities of immigrant children, with a particular focus on Asian American communities. She is the author of Asian Americans in Class: Charting the Achievement Gap Among Korean American Youths (Teachers College Press, 2006). By using Korean Americans as a case study, this book examines how stratifying forces of class, race, and school impact academic achievement among 1.5- and second-generation Asian American youths in urban context. Comparing experiences of low- and high-achieving Asian American students, the findings challenge model minority stereotype and highlight the significance of structural resources that all children need in order to achieve academically. Her current research focuses on how immigration and changing demographics affect urban and suburban schools as they relate to school achievement, race relations, and education reform policies. Professor Lew is also a faculty member of the Ph.D. American Studies Program, as well as the Ph.D. Urban Systems Program—a joint program with Rutgers, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She is also a faculty affiliate of Center for Global Change and Governance, Urban Studies, Women Studies, Urban Education, Institute on Education Law and Policy, as well as the Institute of Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience.
Dr. Sidney’s research and teaching interests are in the fields of public policy, race and ethnicity, and urban politics. She studies political struggles to advance racial equality, and the political role that nonprofit and community-based advocacy organizations play in them. Substantively, her research has focused on issues of housing discrimination, affordable housing, and urban education. Her recent book, Unfair Housing: How National Policy Shapes Local Action (University Press of Kansas), argues that housing policies weaken the advocacy groups fighting racial inequality in housing. Current projects include a cross-national study of immigrants and housing advocacy (funded by the Russell Sage Foundation), and a comparative case study of racially diverse US suburbs. Dr. Sidney’s research has appeared in the Urban Affairs Review, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of Policy History. She has received research grants from the Russell Sage Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Aspen Institute. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.