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Frederic Bemak

Professor of Counseling and Development; Director, Diversity Research and Action Center

Expertise: Cross-cultural counseling, Social justice, Refugee adn immigrant mental health, at-risk youth, post-disaster counseling

Bemak conducts research focused on cross-cultural counseling, social justice, refugee and immigrant mental health, at-risk youth, and post-disaster counseling. His recognition in these areas extends to 30 countries and throughout the United States. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, Kellogg International Fellow, and World Rehabilitation Fund Fellow. He is founder of Counselors Without Borders and received the 2004 O'Hana Social Justice Award by the Counselors for Social Justice, a division of the American Counseling Association.

Joe Costanzo

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Immigration Research

Expertise: Immigration, migration, Integration policy and indicators, Estimating immigrant status (and the foreign born), Overseas Americans, Immigrants and ethnic minorities in Europe (Belgium), Community, Urban studies

Currently, Costanzo is developing his research agenda into the recruitment and retention of immigrant talent into the United States. He is also researching the understudied population of Americans living overseas as well as exploring the role of socio-cultural events in immigrant integration. Previously, Costanzo served for more than ten years as a social scientist and policy analyst in immigration for the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

Elizabeth DeMulder

Associate Professor of Initiatives in Educational Transformation

Expertise: Early childhood development and education, Immigrant perspectives and cultural conflicts in education, teacher professional development

DeMulder is director and associate professor of Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET) in the Graduate School of Education's Master's in New Professional Studies - Teaching Program. DeMulder's research concerns the study of interpersonal relationships in educational contexts and risk and protective conditions in children's development and early education. She is involved in community-based action research in South Arlington, where she developed a family-centered preschool program for low-income, immigrant families as a university/community partnership. DeMulder co-edited a book entitled Transforming Teacher Education: Lessons in Professional Development (Bergin and Garvey, 2001) and has published her research in a variety of professional journals.

David Haines

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Expertise: migration

Haines has published and edited numerous articles and books on refugees, immigrants and illegal immigration in the United States and is the convener of an international comparative project on migration in East Asia. He is the former chair of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Refugees and Immigrants. He can speak on immigration policy, as well as issues related to the terms "refugees," "economic refugees" and "environmental refugees."

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

David Hart

Professor of Public Policy

Expertise: Immigration policy, immigration and the work force, Immigration and entrepreneurship and innovation

Hart teaches courses on U.S. immigration policy and international migration and public policy. His research on immigration, innovation, and entrepreneurship has been published in a number of scholarly journals and was the focus of a 2011 forum at the Brookings Institution. He is currently at work on a book on U.S. immigration policy and global talent flows.

Dae Young Kim

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Expertise: Immigrant entrepreneurship, Second-generation immigrants, Korean Americans, Asian Americans

Kim teaches courses on international migration and racial and ethnic relations. His research on immigrant integration, particularly the integration of children of immigrants, has been published in a number of scholarly journals. In his current book project, Kim is examining the evolution and transnationalization of the Korean community in the greater Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Jennifer Leeman

Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages

Expertise: Spanish in the U.S.; Census racial classification; Latino/Hispanic identity; multilingualism; langua, second language and heritage language instruction

Leeman can discuss the impact of immigration on language use, attitudes and policies, including multilingualism, language access (government services in multiple languages), official languages, linguistic discrimination, and language education for minority language speakers. In addition, she can talk about Latino racial identity and Census racial classification, as well as about attitudes towards Spanish. She served as Research Sociolinguist at the U.S. Census Bureau from 2011-2013.

Jorge Osterling

Associate Professor of Education, College of Education and Human Development

Expertise: Multicultural and bilingual education, curriculum reform, teacher education, and the education of Latinos, immigrants and other culturally and linguistically diverse student populations

Since 1996, Osterling has been conducting research that engages and capitalizes on the socio-cultural strengths of grassroots immigrant communities. He believes a comprehensive immigration reform is necessary in dealing with the 12 to 14 million undocumented people in the U.S., and his research explores how children of immigrant origins should be educated in order to become productive and engaged citizens. He can discuss measures that should be taken to solve the problem of undocumented immigrants in the United States, and who benefits from the presence of documented and undocumented immigrants.

Louise Shelley

Professor of Public Policy

Expertise: Human smuggling and trafficking; immigration as it relates to homeland security

Shelley is the author of “Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective” (Cambridge University Press 2010), one of the bestselling books on Amazon on human trafficking. She is the founder and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University. She is a leading expert on transnational crime and terrorism with a particular focus on countries that formerly comprised the Soviet Union.

Media Contact: Buzz McClain, (703) 993-8782,

James Witte

Research Director, Institute for Immigration Research and Professor of Sociology

Expertise: Research methods especially survey research and the analysis of large longitudinal data sets, identifying the economic contributions of immigrant workers

Witte currently leads research for the newly created Institute for Immigration Research (IIR), which focuses on the economic contributions of immigrants in the U.S. workforce. Current projects include the mapping of immigrant entrepreneurs by geography and industry as well as the unique contributions of immigrants as Nobel Laureates or Major League Baseball All-Stars. Witte teaches graduate classes in research methods and survey research.