New Book

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  • Winner of the 2021 Distinguished Scholarship Award, Pacific Sociological Association

"This brilliantly argued, beautifully written book pushes migration studies in an entirely new direction. An important work, yielding lessons for both scholars and students to savor and ponder.


--Roger Waldinger, University of California, Los Angeles

This is a tour de force that combines nuanced ethnography with multi-sited historical analysis. The surprising centrality of 'elsewheres' in the lives of migrants is a breakthrough insight in migration studies.


--David FitzGerald, author of Refuge Beyond Reach

"In this book, Tahseen Shams challenges the adequacy of the homeland/hostland approach, advancing our approach for understanding migration, resettlement, and transnational phenomena."


--Steven J. Gold, Michigan State University

Stanford University Press 2020. Click image to purchase.

Virtual Book Launch:

September 10, 2020

Author Meets Critics

2021 Eastern Sociological Society Conference

Discussants: Philip Kasinitz, Doug Massey, and Claire Alexander 

February 21, Sunday, 5:30-7pm

Invited Book Talks

  • October 7 -- Harvard University

  • October 21 -- Boston College

  • November 4 -- Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute

  • November 5 -- University of California, Riverside

  • November 11 -- Queen's University

  • November 19 -- Loyola University Chicago

  • November 25 -- University of Toronto

  • December 4 -- McGill University

  • December 10 -- New York University, Abu Dhabi

  • February 11 - Western University

  • June 4 -- University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego 

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