Migration (2001-2003)

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During the academic years 1999/2000 and 2000/2001, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies devoted itself to the study of migration in history. We invited scholars to examine the mass population movements and their demographic, economic, political, and ideological causes and consequences. As in the past, we hoped to address subjects and problems from a wide variety of periods and places.

Topics Included:

  • Citizenship and rights
  • Expulsion, endurance, and survival
  • Racial, ethnic, and religious identity
  • Diaspora
  • Immigration restrictions and quotas
  • Partition, population exchange, genocide, and the formation of nation-states
  • Expatriation
  • Individualism
  • Trafficking, prostitution, and child labor
  • Economic globalization
  • Memory and processes of identification
  • The environmental impact of migration
  • The development of community structure
  • Children and migration
  • Networks of knowledge
  • Religious pilgrimage
  • Transnational households

Davis Center Fellows


  • David Abraham, University of Miami
  • Gary Gerstle, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Sarah Jansen, Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Marcy Norton, The George Washington University
  • Joshua Sanborn, Lafayette College
  • Stephanie Smallwood, University of California, San Diego


  • Alexander Byrd, Rice University
  • Hasia Diner, New York University
  • Luca Einaudi, Prime Minister's Office, Rome; Dept of Economic Affairs
  • Gautam Ghosh, University of Pennsylvania
  • David Gutierrez, University of California, San Diego

Shelby Cullom Davis Center Volume

Repositioning North American Migration History Edited by Marc S. Rodriguez

Repositioning North American Migration History

Edited by Marc S. Rodriguez
Copyright 2004 University of Rochester Press