Irene Bloemraad

Department: Sociology

Irene Bloemraad focuses on nexus between immigration and politics, with a special focus on the dynamics that facilitate (or hinder) immigrants’ incorporation into the political systems of the United States and Canada. Current projects examine immigrant/ethnic community organizations, the role of NGOs in fostering immigrant women’s political leadership, the degree of “public voice” accorded to immigrants in the mainstream media, the political socialization of Mexican-American children in mixed-status families and research on naturalization and dual citizenship. Some of these themes appear in Bloemraad’s forthcoming book, Becoming a Citizen, to be published in 2006 by University of California Press.