Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration and Race

Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race

The Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race (MWWI&R) is a network of scholars dedicated to conducting research and advancing understanding of immigrant networks, social and economic integration, immigrant entrepreneurship, and challenges of exclusion and resentment among native-born populations in one of the top five destinations for newcomers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

MWWI&R was first conceived by Dr. Katharine Donato and Dr. Marie Price and began in Spring 2019 at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University with the intent to rotate across universities in the metropolitan DC area from year to year.

During the 2019 - 2020 academic year, thanks to funding provided by The George Washington University Seminars Funding Program, MWWI&R brought together scholars from universities and think tanks to conduct seminars at the George Washington University with the goal to foster collaboration that leads to sponsored research, increased data sharing and the framing of questions around how metropolitan areas respond, benefit and adapt to racial, ethnic and demographic shifts in population brought on by large scale immigration.

The Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration and Race continues AY 2021/2022 in a virtual environment.


For the full list of virtual meetings events, check the Upcoming Seminars section.


To be added to the invitation list, email [email protected].

With our unique focus on the Washington Metropolitan area and the need for more visibility of the social sciences around pressing issues, we encourage scholars to consider how Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter protests are impacting immigrant and racial/ethnic groups in the region.

Our gatherings will provide an important venue for scholars across the social sciences to share their research regarding the far-reaching impacts of this deadly virus and subsequent civil rights protests. We don’t expect all of the talks to address these topics, but we are encouraging some reflection of how this region is responding to these major events. Return to this page often for updates on the plans for the upcoming year.



Upcoming Seminars

Save the date! We have planned six virtual workshops at 12pm on Fridays on the following dates:

Fall 2021

  • October 15
  • November 19

Spring 2022

  • January 28 
  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 22

Email [email protected] to be added to the invitation list.



Past Seminars

Headshot of Elizabeth Jacobs

MWWIR: How Skilled Migrants Enter and Stay in the U.S. Labor Market

Elizabeth Jacobs is a Postdoctoral Fellow with Georgetown's institute for the study of international migration and Massive Data Institute. Dr. Jacobs holds a Ph.D.

MWWI&R: The Violence of Dis/Investment

Tanya Golash-Boza, University of California-Merced, will present on her research as part of the Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race. 
Patrick Scallen

MWWI&R: Salvadoran Migration to Washington, D.C.

Patrick Scallen, a professor of History at Georgetown University, spoke on Salvadoran Migration to Washington, D.C., as part of the Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race series.

left: book cover of building walls, excluding Latin people in the United States. Right: Ernesto Castañeda

MWWI&R: Building Racial & Physical Walls: Black & Latinx Intertwined Histories & Destinies

Ernesto Castañeda presented his new book Building Racial & Physical Walls: Black & Latinx Intertwined Histories & Destinies.

Left: Professor Nemata Blyden. Right: Book cover of African Americans & Africa

MWWI&R: African 'Immigrants' in Early America?: Early African Migration to the United States

Nemata Blyden spoke about her book African Americans and Africa: A New History, which provides an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and the African Continent from the era of slavery to the present.
Left: book cover of Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City. Right: Derek Hyra

MWWI&R: Race, Class, and Politics in the Capuccino City

Derek Hyra spoke about his new book Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City. At the core of the book is the phrase “cappuccino city,” which refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials.