Grad Students

Jacob Thomas



Contact Information

Email    j.thomas@ucla.edu
Office  2015-2016 Boren Fellow at The Center for Social Research/Institute of Social Science Survey Peking University Science Bldg. #5, Room 403 Yiheyuan Road #5, Haidian District Beijing 100871, China

Substantively, my research addresses the behavior of travelers and those who wish to visit the US for various reasons but not to immigrate.

In terms of theory and method, through interviews I am building and analyzing the first large scale individual-level dataset about three different types of individuals in China and the Philippines that do not immigrate into the US (the denied, the deterred and the disillusioned) in order to contrast with the abundant data we have about immigrants and better address longstanding questions about migrant selectivity, state capacity to control migration and the relationship between social inequality and international migration.

 

Fields of Study

International Migration, Social Stratification, Transnational (Im)mobility and Inequality, Sociology of Independent Travel and Tourism, Comparative Migration Policy and Law, Social Networks, Mixed Methods Research

Publications

NON-PEER-REVIEWED 

Thomas, Jacob. 2013. “Concealing the Coercion of Remote Control,” Pp. 7-11, The London Miscellany, Autumn 2013-Spring 2014 Issue.

Thomas, Jacob and Kjerstin Gruys, 2014, Entry on “Class.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumer Studies.

 

Grants and Awards

Institute for Humane Studies PhD Fellowship, 2015

Institute for Humane Studies

 

Boren National Security Fellowship, 2015-2016

Institute for International Education

 

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to Study Mandarin Chinese, Summer 2015

Asia Institute and U.S. Department of Education

 

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program, 2015

Graduate School UCLA

 

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to Study Mandarin Chinese for Academic Year, 2014-2015

Asia Institute and U.S. Department of Education

 

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program, 2014

Graduate School UCLA

 

UCLA Stipend Fellowship for First Year Study 2012-2013

Graduate School, UCLA

 

University Un-endowed Scholarship for Masters of Arts Program in Social Sciences, 2011-2012

Masters of Arts Program in Social Sciences, University of Chicago

 

Highest Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major and Distinction in General Scholarship, 2002

Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major Program, College of Letters and Sciences

Conference Presentations

Institute for Humane Studies

11/2015

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

 

Law and Society Annual Conference

5/2015

Marriot Hotel, Seattle, Washington

 

Thinking Gender

4/2015

University of California At Los Angeles

 

International Institute Graduate Student Conference 2015

4/2015

University of California at Los Angeles

 

American Sociology Association

Roundtable on International Migration Presentation

8/2014

Union Square Hilton Hotel, San Francisco, CA

 

Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences

5/2014

Waikiki Marriott Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

International Institute Graduate Student Conference 2014

5/2014

University of California at Los Angeles

 

Voz Latina 2014: Blurred Boundaries: Latino Lives in the U.S. and Abroad
5/2014

Princeton University

 

Annual Stony Brook Ethnography Conference

4/2014

Stony Brooke University

 

Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference

3/2014

Northwestern University

 

Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America (ANZSANA) 2014 Conference

2/2014

University of Texas at Austin

Advisors

Ruben Hernandez-Leon

Roger Waldinger

Jennie Brand

Robert Mare

Degrees

B.A. (Highest Honors), Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major (Globalization), UC Berkeley 2002

M.A., Social Sciences, University of Chicago 2012

M.A. Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles 2015