Affiliations: Political Science, Sociology
Senior Capstone Award, The Giovanni Arrighi Undergraduate Research Award in Sociology
My project aims to compare the community development of refugees and labor immigrants to help better understand the impact of community dynamics on educational attainment, job performance, and life outcomes. As the population of refugees in the United States grows, it is important to understand their unique situation in reference to more traditional immigrants to help promote the best resettlement outcomes in the future. By conducting intensive interviews and participant observation of a Bhutanese refugee community in Baltimore and community of Vietnamese immigrants in Silver Spring, I will identify the use of various modes of incorporation, observe challenges that both groups face in assimilation, and ultimately draw conclusions about the differences in community development between the two groups.
Faculty Mentor: Lingxin Hao