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The research aspect of the program seeks to uncover the institutional features that shape the educational trajectories of the children of immigrants.  Its research strategy is comparative (the United States compared to European nations) and interdisciplinary;  it consists of five component projects.  Each has a specific thematic focus relevant to the overall research goal and involves a partnership between a US and a European investigator.  These studies cover a broad range of ethnic groups, selected because they represent populations who face similar challenges in the context of different national policies or approaches: Mexicans in the U.S. and North Africans in France; Dominicans in the U.S. and Moroccans in the Netherlands; West Indians and South Asians in both the U.S. and Britain; Mexicans in the U.S. and Moroccans in Spain.

The five component projects are

"The transition to the labor market in France and the US," investigators:  Richard Alba (Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY) and Roxane Silberman (Maurice Halbwachs Center, Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique)

"School funding and tracking in New York and Amsterdam," investigators:  Jennifer Holdaway (Social Science Research Council and Graduate Center, CUNY) and Maurice Crul (Institute for Migration & Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam)

"Post-secondary education:  The impact of timing, differentiation, and second chances in Great Britain and the United States," investigators:  Mary Waters (Sociology, Harvard University) and Anthony Heath (Sociology, University of Oxford)

"Innovative, promising practice schools for children of immigrants," Investigators:  Carola Suárez-Orozco (Psychology, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University) and Mikael Alexandersson (Education, Göteborg University)

"Navigating borders in schools and communities: Moroccan and Mexican immigrant youth in Catalonia and California," Investigators: Margaret Gibson (Education and Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz) and Silvia Carrasco (Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)




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