I’m a Solo Mom to two daughters, one who will soon graduate college and another who has an autism spectrum diagnosis and will soon graduate high school. A scholar of migration and immigration, I have a PhD and teach and do research at a major university. I have spent many years in Mexico, trying to understand the consequences of migration for families and children. Recently, I started a project that considers how environmental conditions affect migration in and from Bangladesh. In 2015, my book with Donna Gabaccia, Gender and International Migration: From the Slavery Era to the Global Age, was published by the Russell Sage Foundation. I am currently writing about gender and race differences in immigrant incorporation in the United States. On the personal side, for many years I’ve written short stories about my daughter that describe how children with autism can make us laugh.

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