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Center for Global Migration Studies

Established in 2011, the Center for Global Migration Studies (CGMS) is an interdisciplinary home for the study of migration and immigration around the world both today and in the past. The center provides a distinctive institutional home for interdisciplinary research, for training faculty and students and for distributing information about the migrant experience to a broad public. 

Making African America (March 2021)

A Virtual Symposium on Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness

This conference will explore the largely untold history of African diasporic immigrants to the United States and their relations with native-born African Americans over the last 150 years. 

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About The Center for Global Migration Studies

The center's work speaks to the mission of the University of Maryland (UMD) by generating a more diverse, inclusive and international culture at the heart of the University, and by facilitating local and international partnerships to make university faculty and students better global citizens. The center's interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship and teaching have contributed to making the university a globally recognized leader in transnational research on migration. The center also builds upon the strong connections the university maintains in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region by collaborating with institutions such as the National Museum of American History and the German Historical Society.

The University's home in Prince George's county underscores the importance of migration. At present, some 40 million (nearly 13 percent of the American people) are immigrants, but in Prince George's County, immigrants and their children compose a near majority of the population. On the UMD campus, where nearly 40 percent of the student body is defined as a minority, this new America is ubiquitous. These new immigrants—from Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa—have transformed the campus just as they have transformed American society.

Immigration and Migration Studies Transcript Notation

This 37-credit program immerses students in immigration and migration studies. Courses examine how migration shapes the United States and the world from historical, political, cultural, and social perspectives and from multiple disciplines.

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What is the Center for the Global Migration Studies
The Center for Global Migration Studies is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to expanding the understanding of migration and its effects in the contemporary and historical contexts. The Center conducts research, trains faculty and students, and connects the University to the wider immigrant community. For more information, see the Center's Mission Statement.

What research projects is the Center undertaking?
The Center directs or collaborates on a number of historical, educational, and digital research projects. Among the Center’s current projects are:

Who is affiliated with the Center?
The Center is housed in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Center’s co-founders and directors, Professors Ira Berlin and Julie Greene, are supported by a core cluster faculty in im/migration studies as well as dozens of affiliated faculty across the campus. The Center’s Leadership Council—drawn from community, media, and policy leaders in the region—advises the Center on key development and policy goals.

What is the transcript notation in Immigration and Migration Studies?
Students who complete 12 credits in im/migration studies courses can earn a notation on their transcripts that indicate a special concentration in Immigration and Migration Studies. This track is ideal for students considering careers in law, public policy, social work, and other fields. More information can be found on our Transcript Notation page.

What courses is UMD offering in Immigration and Migration Studies?
The courses offered by UMD change from semester to semester. Typically, the Center offers the introductory course (IMMR 200) in the fall semester and the capstone course on oral history (IMMR 400) in the spring semester. A full, up-to-date list of the courses offered can be found in the courses section of the Transcript Notation page.

How can I support the work of the center?
You can give to the center through UMD's giving website.

Where can I learn more about contemporary and historical migrations?
If you are interested in learning more about migrations, see these wonderful external websites:

Do you have resources on naturalization, citizenship, and immigration?
The Center is largely an academic institution. For more information about legal policies and procedures in the United States, see the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office.

What are the Center's upcoming events?
The Center hosts a number of events each semester including conferences, forums, film screenings, and our Migration Exchanges series. For a list of our upcoming events and more details about each event, please consult our Events page.

How can I connect with the Center?
There are a number of different ways that you can connect with the Center. First, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also email us at If you would like to be added to our email list, just let us know and we can be sure to keep you updated on everything going on at the Center. To read our past newsletters, check out our newsletter page. Follow along with news updates on this page for the latest information.

What happened to the Center for the History of the New America?
In 2016, the board decided to change the name of the Center for the History of the New America to the Center for Global Migration Studies. This was to better reflect our increasing focus on migration patterns and their effects throughout the world rather than simply in America. In other words, the Center for the History of the New America has not gone anywhere, it just has a new name and a broader focus!

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Contact The Center for Global Migration Studies

Office: 2133 Francis Scott Key Hall, 4280 Chapel Lane, College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-4305
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