Mike Amezcua, 2013-2014 DOWNLOAD CV
As a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Amezcua will be conducting research on the relationship between historical racial legacies and how they are inscribed into the built environment of cities. An urban and cultural historian, Dr. Amezcua’s research interests encompass the study of urbanism and racial formations; the political cultures of segregation and deindustrialization; transnational migrant corridors; modernity and the borderlands; material and sound cultures.
While at UCSD, Dr. Amezcua will bring these critical frameworks to his book in progress, The Second City Anew: Mexicans, Urban Culture, and Migration in the Transformation of Chicago, 1940-1986. This work recovers the comparative dimensions of Mexican settlement in Chicago from the start of World War II and beyond as it encountered a rapidly transforming metropolis. This work looks at space and place—the upheaval of neighborhood change and the grassroots push for access to integrated housing—and by exploring race and culture—the politics and social counterpublics produced during this era of unstable vacancies. Moreover, it examines how the built environment and subsequent deindustrialized landscape contributed to race-making discourses about belonging that greatly shaped Mexicans’ sense of place in the city. The stories told in this book stand at the intersection of emergent transnational migrations and political economies, the municipal and federal reinforcement of racialized space, and the political cultures produced by the struggle for access to the pillars of postwar Americanism: employment, housing, and schools.
This research makes an intellectual contribution to emergent studies of Latinos and the city by moving beyond coastal cities as primary sites of transnational Latino culture as well as examining the elasticity of the borderlands and its meanings in the multiracial north. His research has been recognized through grants and awards from Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, The National Museum of American History and other distinguished institutions. A native Southern Californian, he is excited to be at UCSD and to be working closely with his fellowship sponsors, professors David Gutiérrez and Luis Alvarez.
Timu Gallien, 2013-2014 DOWNLOAD CV
Dr. Gallien is committed to a vibrant and pluralistic scholarly community. She believes diversity drives discovery and leverages her own experiences to advance representation in the STEM fields. She has mentored a diverse group of students in research, job preparation activities, graduate school applications, funding proposals, and overcoming social barriers beyond the classroom.
Dr. Gallien’s research focuses on quantifying evolving coastal flood risk from El Niño, sea level rise, storm events, and urbanization. The urban coastal system represents a critical and complex intersection of nature and anthropogenic modification. Comprehensive flood models that explicitly resolve key flooding processes and constraints are critical to proactively manage the future urban coast. The objective of her research is to accurately predict flooding from future climatological conditions to inform municipalities, policymakers and individuals of the possible effects of climate change, and to investigate the efficacy of proposed adaptation measures.
Her dissertation presented a high resolution (< 5m) fluid-mechanics based model for urban coastal flood mapping that accounts for flood control infrastructure, wave runup and overtopping volumes and urban drainage. This model outperforms existing equilibrium flood mapping techniques that ignore hydraulic connectivity and assume instantaneous filling of the backshore. Results showed that critical flooding infrastructure must be measured to centimetric accuracy and that developed areas may be vulnerable to flooding from small gaps or low spots along sea walls.
Dr. Gallien’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, The Newkirk Center for Science and Society, and California Department of Boating and Waterways.
Rocio Rosales, 2012-14 DOWNLOAD CV
As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Rosales will engage in research that focuses on a case study of immigrant fruit vendors in Los Angeles, aims to understand how undocumented immigrants working within the informal sector navigate through a distinct regulatory environment and, in the process, build or fail to build lasting connections in the host country. She will expand her current research in two important ways with the ultimate goal of producing a book manuscript.
The research she will conduct as a postdoctoral fellow also attempts to make sense of how vulnerable immigrant populations adapt to life in the US. The cohorts she follows are undocumented Latino immigrants whose illegal status prohibits them from legally participating in the formal workforce. These immigrants’ decision to work as street vendors on public street corners in Los Angeles within the informal sector increases their risk of detection by local (i.e. police and health departments) and federal (ICE) law enforcement agencies. Their survival strategies are thus organized around ethnic-based social networks including kinship and paisano ties.
Her dissertation, “Hidden Economies in Public Spaces: The Fruit Vendors of Los Angeles,” examines the social and economic lives of a group of undocumented Latino street vendors. Her work is situated within and contributes to the ethnic entrepreneur, economic sociology, transnationalism, and immigration literature. At its core, her dissertation is a story about immigrant adaptation. Fruit vendors present an interesting case study because they occupy a precarious position, both within the United States and its labor market, as undocumented and informal workers. Both of these markers open the possibility for state-sponsored retribution in the form of deportation, arrest, confiscation of vending materials, and citation. The fact that street vending is an illicit activity in Los Angeles creates another layer of vulnerability. This work is based on five years of fieldwork using qualitative methods including ethnography, participant observation, and interviews.
Her work has been funded by the American Philosophical Society (2011), John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation (2010), Ford Foundation (2005-2008), and the Social Science Research Council Mellon Mays Foundation (2003-2005). Her research will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and as a chapter in The Migration Industry: Brokers, Buses, and the Business of International Mobility to the United States, edited by Rubén Hernández-León.