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Affiliated Scholars

The University of Minnesota has a long history of studying immigration as a dynamic force in American life. Today, the University and its surrounding region are home to one of the largest interdisciplinary clusters of experts on immigration, race, and ethnicity.

This program brings together local, regional, national, and international scholars to foster collaborative research and programming and to highlight the IHRC’s role as a regional, national, and international hub of research excellence.

Who are Affiliated Scholars?

U of M Affiliated Scholars include invited faculty and graduate students who are actively involved in IHRC-sponsored research and community-engagement activities, these activities include:

  • Immigrant Stories Digital Storytelling Project
  • Global Race, Ethnicity, and Migration
  • #ImmigrationSyllabus

Affiliated scholars are listed on the IHRC website and become part of the IHRC’s international community of researchers invited to participate in IHRC events, connect with other scholars, and engage in collaborative activities. Affiliated Scholars may be expected to participate in, or attend some IHRC activities as well as respond to requests for information.

Visiting Affiliated Scholars may also access available research collections of the IHRC Archives, short-term space and computer use (depending on availability), and the opportunity to give a research presentation. The IHRC is not able to officially sponsor international scholars visitors and the Affiliated Scholars Program offers no financial support. Affiliation is renewed on an as-needed basis.

The Affiliated Scholars Program is by invitation-only. For more information, contact Director Erika Lee at

Affiliated Scholars, 2020-2021

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Maddalena Marinari is associate professor of history at Gustavus Adolphus College. She has published extensively on immigration restriction and immigrant mobilization, including articles published in the Journal of Policy History, Journal of Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Social Science History, and Journal of American Ethnic History. She is the author of Unwanted: Italian And Jewish Mobilization Against Restrictive Immigration Laws, 1882-1965 and co-editor of A Nation of Immigrants Reconsidered: U.S. Society in an Age of Restriction, 1924-1965. She is also one of the scholars who created the #ImmigrationSyllabus, an online tool for anyone interested in understanding the history behind current debates on immigration. This year, Professor Marinari is helping the IHRC update the #ImmigrationSyllabus, and with two undergraduate students from Gustavus Adolphus College, is contributing to the COVID-19 & Immigrant America project with a Social Science Research Council Rapid-Response Grant on COVID-19 and the Social Sciences.


Kim Park Nelson is an educator and researcher whose work uses adoption as a lens to understand race and culture. Her work has contributed to building of the field of Adoption Studies and Korean Adoption Studies in the U.S. and internationally. Her book, Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences and Racial Exceptionalism was published by Rutgers University Press (2016). Dr. Park Nelson is also the Equity Inclusion Coordinator at the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO), the labor union for the 4000 faculty in the seven campus Minnesota State University system, and an associate professor in the Minnesota State University system. This year, Dr. Park Nelson will be assisting the IHRC with Global Race, Ethnicity and Migration programming during the spring semester.