Learning to Be Illegal: Undocumented Youth and the Transition to Adulthood
Immigration has always been central to the American experience, and at any given time certain immigrants have been considered “deserving” and others “undeserving.” Today, an intense political debate is underway concerning an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, but this Master Class looks beyond politics to consider the effect of undocumented status on the lives of immigrant children. We will examine the immigration system through the lens of family, school, and community and explore questions of belonging and exclusion as they unfold in the personal themes of home, time, and place.
Roberto G. Gonzales teaches at Harvard University and is a leading expert on undocumented immigrant youth and young adults. His research influences policy makers, educators, and community practitioners as they struggle to understand contemporary immigration at the level of everyday lived experience. His awards for teaching and research include, most recently, the American Sociological Association Award for Public Sociology in International Migration.