SOCI S3247: The immigrant experience, old and new

Dec 2006

This class really uses New York City as a "strategic research site" in order to learn more about the history of transnational migration overall, but specifically the readings build context around the immigrant enclaves here in NYC. The readings are interesting, and the 2006 Summer Session came right after the immigration debates, which made the concepts relevant to a contemporary issue. As for Professor Sanchez, he is very knowledgeable of the subject, and is very civically involved in his Queens neighborhood. The icing on the cake was when we went on two field trips to Jackson Heights and Long Island City towards the end of the term. There, we got to see firsthand the immigrant enclaves in Jackson Heights, and the rapid gentrification in LIC. For it to be a six week class, you will enjoy the class and the independent research project on a post-1965 immigrant group here in NYC. If you end up having to take a summer class, I recommend this one with Prof. Sanchez. And, if you're like me, and couldn't take the popular "The History of New York City" class, this is a great alternative.