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My main areas of interest are mass media and cultural studies, social inequality, and international migration, especially as they relate to issues of adaptation and social change. The importance of this subject is clear in states and localities that have seen a sharp increase in both their immigrant populations and levels of ethnic/racial diversity during the past few decades.
As The Chicago School demonstrated during much of the 20th century, the process of mutual adaptation between established American groups and newcomers within specific communities provides a social laboratory with endless possibilities for research. Processes of inter-group conflict and accommodation, inter-generational social mobility, acculturation and assimilation, and institutional change, today as in the past, will be largely defined through the dynamic, dialectical American experience with the foreign-born and the children of immigrants.
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