Professor of Sociology
Ph. D., European University Institute, Florence
Subfield: Migration, Urban Sociology, Comparative & Global Sociology, Theory
Research Interests My research draws on an interdisciplinary background in sociology, political science, philosophy and geography. The core of my publications focus on issues concerning migrants and minorities in Europe, looking at questions of spatial mobility, citizenship, integration and problems in comparative methodology. I am also interested in the philosophy of social science and analytical approaches to sociological theory, particularly in teaching. Most recently, I have published a book on the free movement of urban professionals in Europe, entitled Eurostars and Eurocities. This work on mobile populations in London, Amsterdam and Brussels, has been followed by a new study of networks and entrepreneurship in the creative industries between California and Japan, particularly involving the export/import of contemporary art, music, street fashion and food. I am interested in all work on globalization, regional integration, nationalism, cities, multiculturalism, migration and mobility, especially related to Europe and East Asia, and am currently writing a book about Japanese contemporary art since the 1990s.
Eurostars and Eurocities: Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe has been published by Blackwell January 2008.
Eurostars and Eurocities
Here are two sample chapters from the book
Chapter 2 New Amsterdam
Chapter 10 Integration (2)
Neil Fligstein, Euroclash: The EU, European Identity and the Future of Europe
Vivien A. Schmidt, Democracy in Europe: The EU and National Polities
Ruth Milkman, LA Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement, & Ivan Light, Deflecting Immigration: Networks, Markets and Regulation in Los Angeles
**RECENT TALKS & INTERVIEWS**
Public talk for the opening of THE ECHO, at ZAIM, Yokohama, 17 Sept 2008
After the Goldrush: Japan's New Post-Bubble Art and Why It Matters
SSRC interview about ©MURAKAMI in Brooklyn, 28 June 2008
A Sociologist's Guided Tour to ©MURAKAMI
Talk and Discussion on Japanese Contemporary Art at Royal/T, Culver City, 11 June 2008
Tokyo Tremors: Four New Waves in Japanese Contemporary Art
The David W.Roth and Robert H.Symonds Memorial Lecture, Yale University, School of Architecture, 11 April 2008
Mobility, Creativity and Security: The Economics and Politics of Global Creative Cities
**OTHER RECENT ACTIVITIES**
I organized a conference & exhibition related to my Japanese research, 13-15 March 2008 at UCLA
J-Wave USA: Southern California as the Gateway to Japanese Contemporary Creative Industries in the West
The conference featured a lecture at the UCLA Hammer Museum on contemporary women's photography from Japan by curator Hiromi Nakamura, with a panel discussion featuring Charlotte Cotton, Laura Miller, Sharon Kinsella and Yoshitaka Mouri. Here is an online report
Sweet & Bitter UCLA Center for the Study of Women Feature
The audio files can be found here
Sweet & Bitter Podcast
... & the full transcript of the discussion can be found here
Sweet & Bitter Panel Discussion
Here is an online news report about the event by Otaku USA editor Patrick Macias
Japanese Pop Culture Goes to College
... plus my Mika Ninagawa interview in Giant Robot
Pistil Packing: Interview with Mika Ninagawa
**OTHER PROJECT INFORMATION**
LA as Offshore Japan
The Human Face of Global Mobility
‘Immigration, migration and free movement in the making of Europe’, chapter in European Identity, edited by Jeffey C.Checkel and Peter J.Katzenstein, Cambridge University Press, Autumn 2008.
‘The new face of East-West migration in Europe’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 34,5 July 2008.
‘Rebooting migration theory: Interdisciplinarity, globality and postdisciplinarity in migration studies’, chapter in Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines (2nd ed.), edited by Caroline Brettell and James Hollifield, Routledge 2007.
‘European citizenship in three Eurocities’, Archive of European Integration, University of Pittsburgh, April 2005, pp.13.
‘Europe's identity problem’, West European Politics, 28,5 Nov 2005, pp.1109-1116.
‘London as Eurocity: French free movers in the economic capital of Europe’, Global and World Cities Research Bulletin, 150, Sept 2004, pp.16.
‘Games without frontiers? Questioning the transnational social power of migrants in Europe’, Archives Européennes de Sociologie, XLIV, 3, Winter 2003, pp.327-427.
‘Integration nations: the nation-state and research on immigrants in Western Europe’, Comparative Social Research, vol.22, Oct 2003, pp.13-42.
'Markets against politics: Migration, EU enlargement and the idea of Europe' (with Randall Hansen) in EU enlargement and East-West migration, special edition of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, guest edited by Adrian Favell and Randall Hansen, vol.24, no.4, Oct 2002, pp.581-601.
'Migration, mobility and globaloney: metaphors and rhetoric in the sociology of globalisation', review essay in Global Networks, vol 1, no.4, Sept 2001, pp.389-98.
'The Europeanisation of immigration politics', European Integration online Papers working paper, published in Cultures et conflicts, été-
automne 2000, no.38-39, pp.153-185.
'Integration policy and integration research in Europe: a review and critique' in Citizenship Today: Global Perspectives and Practices, edited by T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Doug Klusmeyer, Washington, DC: Brookings Institute/Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2001 (report prepared for the Carnegie Endowment "Comparative Citizenship Project"), pp.349-399.
Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain, London: Macmillan/New York: St.Martin’s Press 1998, pp.288. (Paperback 2nd edition with new preface and index published June 2001, pp.320)
'James Coleman: social theorist and moral philosopher' in American Journal of Sociology, Nov 1993, Vol.99, no.3, pp.590-613.
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Awards SSRC/Japan Foundation Abe Fellowship, 2006-7