The Immigration Lab is directed by Dr. Ernesto Castañeda, Department of Sociology at American University in Washington, DC.


We conduct research on all things migration including: immigration, emigration, transnationalism, integration, categorical inequality, health disparities, demographics, social mobility, racism and exclusion, social movement and contentious politics, ethnicity and space.


We are not limited to any geographic area or disciplinary approach or methodology.


The lab works closely with the Master's Program on Social Research and Practice (SORP) at American University.


Founding Director: Ernesto Castañeda, PhD

Deputy Director: Daniel Jenks


Lab Members


SORP MA Students:

Carina Cione
Deziree Jackson
Emma Vetter

Jhamiel Prince

Sarah Schech-McCarthy

Jessica Chaikof

SteVon Felton

Isabella Goris


AU Graduate Students:

Giovanna Calderon


AU Undergraduate Students:

Claire Whitman

Alec Singer

Teddy Everett

Harry Ehlers



Former members:

Abby Ferdinando


Socially distanced unpaid internship available for Spring 2021:

Send your CV and 1-page letter listing your skills, interests, and career goals to

ernesto (a t) american  (d o t) e d u

On Twitter at @Immigration_Lab


Some paid RAs are supported by

the Center for Health Risk and Society.