Archive for November, 2011

Dr. Janice Fine | Senior Research Fellow

November 3, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Staff.

Dr. Janice Fine

Janice is Faculty Director of the Program on Immigration and Democracy, and is the assistant professor of labor studies and employment relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations.

Janice is also senior fellow for organizing and policy at the Center for Community Change (CCC). A 20-year veteran of the labor and community organizing movements, she focuses her attention on the plight of low-wage immigrant workers. Her book Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream was released in January of 2006 by Cornell University Press and the Economic Policy Institute. Her most recent project, featured in major media around the country, is a social venture with CCC and eight worker centers around the country to provide affordable and reliable financial services for low wage immigrant workers. In September of 2007, Fine was appointed by Governor Corzine to New Jersey’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigrant Integration.

Email:

jrfine@rci.rutgers.edu

Dr. Robyn Rodriguez

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Robyn Rodriguez

Robyn Rodriguez

Dr. Robyn M. Rodriguez is a sociologist who has worked on transnational labor and migration patterns, especially regarding Filipinas in the United States. Rodriguez’s research interests and professional contacts both offer distinct advantages to the project.

Dr. Kathe Newman

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Kathe Newman

Kathe Newman

Dr. Kathe Newman, with her ground-breaking work on the foreclosure crisis, in particular its impact on communities of color in and around Newark, comes to RIIM with expertise as a researcher and extensive ties with CBOs around the state. As an urban planner, she also offers expertise about the geography of immigrant communities.

Dr. James DeFillippis

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James DeFillippis

James DeFillippis

Dr. James DeFilippis has a background in urban planning, but has written extensively about community development and housing issues. For the purposes of RIIM, DeFilippis’ most relevant work involves the impact on community-based organizations that has resulted from the devolution of the welfare state over the past decade and a half.

Mahesh Lakshminarayanan | Researcher

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Mahesh Lakshminarayanan

Mahesh Lakshminarayanan is an Urban & Regional Planner with a leading planning & engineering consulting firm in India. He graduated with a Masters degree in Planning from Rutgers’ Edward J.Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and worked for two years with the Middlesex County Planning Department and also on the Rutgers Immigrant Infrastructure Project with Eagleton before moving back to India in March 2011.

Mahesh’s areas of interest include infrastructure development and environmental planning. Before coming to Rutgers University, Mahesh worked briefly on mass transit and historic preservation projects in India. He also has a Bachelors degree in Urban Planning from Jawarharlal Nehru Technological University (India).

Ommead Iraninejad | Researcher

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Ommead Iraninejad

Ommead Iraninejad is a second-year masters student at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. Ommead’s interests include labor law, corporate leadership, performance appraisals, disabilities in the workplace, and organizational behavior. Ommead is the Senator for the School of Management and Labor Relations.

Presently, Ommead is employed at the National Labor Relations Board, as a Field Examiner. He is working for the General Council, under the supervision of the Regional Director of Region 2. Additionally, Ommead’s prospective plans include pursuing a PhD at Rutgers University.

Elisa N. Baeza | Researcher

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Elisa N. Baeza

Elisa Baeza is pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Her interests are in community development, more specifically in economic equity, affordable housing, and asset-development among urban low-to-moderate income families. She is a Graduate Fellow with the Rutgers Immigrant Infrastructure Map project.

Prior to Bloustein, Elisa worked as a direct service provider in the affordable homeownership and youth development fields where she served low-to-moderate income and immigrant populations in the Mission District and southeast sector of San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Mara Sidney | Faculty Affiliate

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Mara Sidney

Dr. Mara Sidney is a seasoned political scientist who brings years of research experience in New Jersey, particularly in Newark where she teaches. RIIM will have benefit from her contacts at the grassroots level as well as her insights into the policy contexts within which immigrant organizations operate.

Dr. Christine Thurlow Brenner | Faculty Affiliate

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Christine Brenner

Dr. Christine Thurlow Brenner is associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has focused her research on immigrant integration, public policy issues affecting people living in the U.S.-Mexico border region, and the impact of Latino immigration into new destinations in the United States.

Digame! Policy and Politics on the Texas Border, a volume she edited, elaborates on the social and economic issues surrounding life in the borderlands. Her current research includes a study of local government responsiveness to immigration and the changing national demographics in the new Latino destinations. She was academic advisor to NJ Governor Corzine’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigrant Integration and is currently a Commissioner on the NJ Commission on New Americans. Dr. Brenner also serves on the Migration Policy Institute’s advisory board for the selection of the E Pluribus Unum prizes, which honor outstanding immigrant integration efforts in the United States.

Email:

ctbrenn@camden.rutgers.edu

Brian Stromberg | Researcher

November 1, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Researchers.

Brian Stromberg is a second-year Phd student at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy as of Spring 2011. While his research focuses on affordable housing policy and housing finance, he is interested in all forms of social justice issues. Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Geography from Rutgers University. His thesis was on shared equity housing and its potential for creating fundamental changes in housing and property relationships. His dissertation research at the Bloustein School will build on this work, but with a focus on community land trusts and the implications of their increasing presence in affordable housing policies.

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