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Welcome to the Migration Lab at USC

We are an interdisciplinary network of researchers, students, and community members whose work spans a broad range of migration-related topics, geographies, and populations. 

Our Mission

The Migration Lab at the University of South Carolina aims to foster interdisciplinary research, sustained scholarly dialogue, and community engagement that advances conceptual and empirical understanding of contemporary migrations.

Faculty Affiliates

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Dr. Austin Crane

Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, Department of Geography

Interests: humanitarianism, asylum, return policies, bordering practices, international development, European Union, Ukraine

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Dr. Carl Dahlman

Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, Department of Geography

Interests: forced migration, refugee/asylum, return migration, borders, Europe, Balkans, Middle East

Dr. John Doering-White

Dr. John Doering-White

College of Social Work, Department of Anthropology

Interests: humanitarianism, everyday politics of care, climate-related displacement, Central America, Mexico

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Dr. Bre Grace

College of Social Work

Interests: humanitarianism, refugees, international development, gender, unaccompanied children

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Dr. Rebecca Janzen

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Dr. Emily Mann

Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

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Dr. Caroline Nagel

Department of Geography

Interests: citizenship, the politics of integration, religion, refugee resettlement, Arabic-speaking diasporas

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Dr. Ben Roth

College of Social Work

Interests: legal status, liminal legality, immigrant youth, unaccompanied children, immigrant-serving organizations

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Dr. Bongki Woo

College of Social Work

Interests: Asian immigrants in the US, Asian Americans, social determinants of health, racism, racial discrimination, immigrant health and well-being


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