Great Cities Institute

412 South Peoria Street

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April 3, 2014
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Jewels of UIC Lecture Series:

“Immigration in the Suburbs: Insights from the 2010-2011 Chicago Area Study”

Thursday, April 3
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Great Cities Institute
412 South Peoria Street
Suite 400, CUPPA Hall

Immigration is transforming the face of America—from rural areas to urban centers. The 2010 and 2011 Chicago Area Studies explored how immigration and the experiences of immigrants are unfolding in an increasingly important context: new suburban destinations. In 2010 and 2011, a team of faculty and graduate students, under the auspices of the Chicago Area Study, embarked upon a large-scale data collection effort in 6 communities in Lake County, Illinois. These efforts resulted in a rich source of survey, ethnographic, and in-depth interview data that can shed light on interpersonal and institutional dynamics of the immigrant experience in the suburbs. This program will feature short research presentations by faculty and graduate students who are analyzing these data, as well as information on the wealth of CAS data that may be used by other scholars interested in exploring these topics.

About the Chicago Area Study
The Chicago Area Study is a biennial study that collects survey data on life in the Chicago metropolitan area. Its purpose is to collect original social science data that inform policymaking and social science theory, provide hands-on methods training to students in survey methods, and fund faculty research on pressing issues in the metro area. For more information on the Chicago Area Study, go to:

Ongoing funding for the Chicago Area Study is provided by UIC’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Great Cities Institute, and the Department of Sociology. Support for the 2010 and 2011 Chicago Area Study also came from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation (2011), IRRPP (2011), UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (2011), OSSR (2011), and Great Cities Institute (2011).

“Immigration Ambivalence in Suburbia:
Evidence from Lake County”
Maria Krysan, Professor
Department of Sociology &
the Institute of Government and Public Affairs
Director, Chicago Area Study

“Educating Latino Students in Lake County:
Lessons from New Suburban Immigrant Destinations”
Nilda Flores Gonzalez, Associate Professor
Departments of Sociology &
Latino and Latin American Studies
Co-Principal Investigator, 2010 and 2011 Chicago Area Study

“Comparing the Social Networks of Immigrants
and Non-Immigrants in a New Suburban Gateway”
Pamela Popielarz, Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Co-Principal Investigator, 2010 Chicago Area Study

“Adventure, Mentorship and Masculinity:
Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors in Chicago”
Emily M. Ruehs, Graduate Student
Department of Sociology

“Immigrant Political Incorporation in Chicago Suburbs”
Vanessa Guridy, Doctoral Candidate
Department of Political Science

Introductory Remarks:
Teresa Córdova, Director
Great Cities Institute

Andy Clarno, Assistant Professor
Departments of Sociology &
African American Studies
2010-2011 Chicago Area Study Co-Principal Investigator

To request disability accommodations, please contact Christiana Kinder, Great Cities Institute, (312) 996-8700,


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