Post-Soviet Migration to the United States and the New Immigrant Whiteness

Thursday, October 4, 2018
12:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building, 420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a talk with Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Professor of English and American Studies at Arizona State University about her new book The New Immigrant Whiteness: Neoliberalism, Race, and Post-Soviet Migration to the United States (New York University Press, 2018).

In this talk Professor Sadowski-Smith will discuss how the ethnically, nationally, and legally diverse post-Soviet diaspora has been associated with idealized accounts of the upward mobility and assimilation attributed to early twentieth-century European immigrants. Analyzing interview data about post-USSR immigrant attitudes toward anti-immigration laws and fictional representations of irregular post-Soviet migration, Sadowski-Smith places this group into larger discussions about the racialization of contemporary US immigrants.

Claudia Sadowski-Smith is Professor of English and American Studies at Arizona State University. She is the author of The New Immigrant Whiteness: Neoliberalism, Race, and Post-Soviet Migration to the United States (New York University Press, 2018), Border Fictions: Globalization, Empire, and Writing at the Boundaries of the United States (University of Virginia Press, 2008) and the editor of Globalization on the Line: Culture, Capital, and Citizenship at U.S. Borders (Palgrave, 2002).