Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race

Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race

Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race (MWWI&R)

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

Tune in later this summer for a full list of Fall 2022 workshops! 

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

There are currently no events available.

Past Seminars

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MWWIR: Uber Kente

On Demand Racial Justice in Washington, D.C.

Friday, 3/25/2022, 12:00pm - 7:59pm

The dramatic growth of Uber has transformed many aspects of life in Washington, D.C. but what accounts for Uber’s success in the city?

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MWWIR: Turkey's Ethno Sexual Others: Migrant Women as the "Scarlet Lettered" ones of the New Turkey

Friday, 2/25/2022, 12:00pm - 6:59pm

Dilek Cindoğlu is a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Georgetown University ISIM and a Professor of Sociology at Kadir Has University. She is a graduate of Bogazici U

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MWWIR: The Fiscal Impact of Immigration in the United States

Friday, 1/28/2022, 12:00pm - 6:59pm

Anna Maria Mayda is an Associate Professor of Economics at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and in the Department of Economics.

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MWWIR: Building one’s own House: Power and Escape for Ethiopian Women through International Migration

Friday, 11/19/2021, 12:00pm - 6:59pm

Lauren Carruth is a medical anthropologist specializing in humanitarian assistance, global health, food security, refugees, and the Horn of Africa.

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

Friday, 10/15/2021, 12:00pm - 7:59pm

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

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MWWI&R: Transnational Communities in the Smartphone Age

The Korean Community in the Nation’s Capital

Saturday, 4/18/2020, 12:00pm - 7:59pm

Dae Young Kim, a professor of Sociology at George Mason University to speak on the Korean Community in the Nation’s Capital, as part of the Metropolitan Washing

MWWI&R: The Violence of Dis/Investment

White flight, Black displacement, and Gentrification in Washington, DC

Friday, 2/21/2020, 12:00pm - 6:59pm

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

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

Friday, 1/17/2020, 12:00pm - 6:59pm

Patrick Scallen, a professor of History at Georgetown University, spoke on Salvadoran Migration to Washington, D.C.

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

Speaker: Ernesto Castañeda, Assistant Professor of Sociology American University

Friday, 11/1/2019, 12:00pm - 7:59pm

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

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

Speaker: Nemata Blyden, PhD. Associate Professor of History and International Affairs ,The George Washington University

Friday, 10/18/2019, 12:00pm - 7:59pm

Nemata Blyden spoke about her book African Americans and Africa: A New History (Yale University Press).