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  • When: September 13, 2017, 12 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Lakeside, Chicago IL 60611

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Asad Rahim is a PhD candidate in Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy program. His dissertation entitled, “From Equality to Diversity: The Diversity Rationale and the Construction of Racial Identity,” is a rigorous and provocative examination of the ways that Black graduate students in prestigious universities experience diversity norms. His work pushes the legal justifications for diversity in higher education by comparing African American graduate students at two elite universities, including a historically Black institution. The project explores the subtle ways that these students are trained as to what kinds of questions, modes of inquiry, and views are acceptable to express – especially around issues of race. His dissertation therefore raises important questions about the role that universities play in furthering (and obstructing) intellectual pluralism and racial equality, both on their campuses and in the broader society. His work has appeared in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.

Before attending Berkeley, Asad completed his JD at Harvard Law School. His BS in Business Administration is from Babson College where he won the Roger Babson Award, given to the top student in the graduating class. Between college and law school, Asad worked as an equity derivatives analyst for a global finance firm in Hong Kong.

Margot Moinester is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Harvard University. Her research interests encompass immigration, health inequalities, and crime and punishment. Her dissertation, entitled, “Detain and Deport: Growth and Inequality in American Immigration Enforcement,” charts the unprecedented expansion of the immigration enforcement system in the US over the past several decades and investigates how and why immigration apprehensions, detentions, and deportations vary between demographic groups and across the elaborate jurisdictional landscape of the United States. Her scholarship combines analysis of administrative data on immigration court proceedings dating back to 1951 and immigration detention records since 1999 as well as interviews with immigration attorneys, advocates, enforcement officers and judges across the country.

 Her work has appeared in the Disability Studies Quarterly, Postgenomics, and Reimagining (Bio)Medicalization, Pharmaceuticals and Genetics. Margot is a co-founder of the women’s development non-profit organization Hands of Mothers and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds an MA in sociology from Harvard University as well as a BA in Health: Science, Society and Policy from Brandeis University.

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