Immigration

“Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League”

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Fellow in the Society of Fellows and Lecturer in Classics at Columbia University, will publish his memoir in July 2015. The book tells the story of how, as a boy, Padilla Peralta came to the United States legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and Dan-el’s father returned home. But Dan-el’s courageous mother was determined to make a better life for her bright sons. >>

Fellow Spotlight: Hidetaka Hirota

Hidetaka Hirota is a historian of American immigration. He received his PhD in History from Boston College, where his dissertation was awarded the university’s best humanities dissertation prize. His major research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity in America with special attention to issues of nativism, American immigration law and policy, wealth and poverty in America, global migration, and transnational history. >>