University of Nebraska-Lincoln experts from a variety of disciplines – political science, psychology and communication studies among them – can offer deep insights on the process of assimilation into majority culture by immigrants and minorities.
Sergio Wals, assistant professor of political science, focuses on topics related to race and ethnicity in the United States and Latin America. His current projects aim to better understand the processes by which immigrants import their “political suitcases.” His work attempts to explain how immigrants pre-migration political predispositions and experiences affect their political assimilation, attitudes and behaviors once in the United States.
Cynthia Willis-Esqueda studies the effects of race and ethnicity, with bias and issues of assimilation and acculturation a part of the mix. She teaches a class on the psychology of immigration, which touches upon all aspects of immigration and acculturation.
Jordan Soliz studies identity and difference in the family, focused particularly on age identity, intergenerational differences, ethnic-racial identity, multiethnic-racial families and religious identity in interfaith families.