Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series, Session IV: "Migration, Identities, Communities"

Mary Waters, Harvard University and François Héran, Collège de France
Thursday, November 8, 2018 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
A71 Louis A. Simpson International Bldg.
Thursday, November 8, 2018 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

François Héran (Collège de France)
"Is It Possible to Integrate Migrants into a Divided Europe?"

Mary Waters (Harvard University)
"Immigrant Integration in the U.S."


François Héran is Professor at the Collège de France (Paris) in a newly created chair, “Migrations and Societies.” In 2017, he founded Institut des Migrations coordinated by CNRS, which supports 280 fellows in all disciplines. After four years of fieldwork in Spain and Bolivia, in 1980 he joined the National Institute of Statistics (INSEE) and the French National Institute for Demographic Research (INED) to conduct surveys on sociability, education, family structures, language transmission, and immigration. Head of the Population Surveys Branch at INSEE from 1993 to 1998, he led INED for more than ten years (1999-2009). He has published extensively on rural sociology, family sociology, demography, kinship studies and migration. Héran earned a PhD from EHESS (Paris) and a “Doctorat d’État” in anthropology from Paris-Descartes University.

Mary C. Waters is the John Loeb Professor of Sociology and the PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Her work has focused on the integration of immigrants and their children, immigration policy, the transition to adulthood, and the measurement and meaning of racial and ethnic identity. The author or co-author of 11 books and over 90 articles, she is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Waters recently chaired the National Academy of Sciences Panel on The Integration of Immigrants into American Society. Current projects include the Risk Study, a longitudinal study of survivors of Hurricane Katrina (together with Jean Rhodes), and a book on mass incarceration and immigrant detention (with Philip Kasinitz).