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Irene Bloemraad

Irene Bloemraad

Irene Bloemraad, an internationally recognized expert on immigration, is the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies and professor of sociology at UC Berkeley. Her work examines the intersection of immigration and politics, with emphasis on citizenship, immigrants’ political and civic participation, and multiculturalism. She has investigated why levels of immigrant citizenship in the U.S. are lower than other countries, funding inequalities among Bay Area immigrant organizations, the causes and consequences of immigration-rights mobilizations and the ways immigrant-origin youth learn about civic engagement and politics.