Global Migration Cluster
The Global Migration Cluster (GMC) seeks to examine complex contemporary dynamics linked with population movements, broadly defined, in the Americas and beyond. Some of the principal topics it investigates include, integration, forced migration, borders, transit migration, deportation, identity formation, and grassroots organization. GMC is part of UIC’s Cluster Initiative to Increase Diversity and Interdisciplinary Culture, launched in 2011 by former UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares. The program was designed to cultivate diverse academic leadership and enhance the educational experience of our students and the work of our faculty by broadening the array of backgrounds, ideas, and disciplines represented on campus. Seven panel-evaluated clusters (see https://provost.uic.edu/provost-initiatives/cluster-initiative-to-increase-diversity-and-the-interdisciplinary-culture-at-uic/), each with its own unique cross-disciplinary and thematically, were created to enhance the visibility of highly relevant contemporary topics. Three LALS faculty have been hired through the cluster: Andreas Feldmann, Patrisia Macías-Rojas, and Adam Goodman. In sync with the initiative’s original objectives to strengthen research within UIC, new hires have teamed up with UIC faculty members already working on migration issues, in particular Xochítl Bada, María de los Angeles Torres, and Amalia Pallares.