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Riosmena, Fernando Associate Professor

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  • Professor Riosmena's research looks at how demographic processes are associated with the spatial and social mobility, well-being, and development in Latin American societies and immigrant communities from said region in the United States. He has done work on the role of social ties and of legal status in explaining inter-country differences in US migration dynamics in Latin America; the inter-relation between the socioeconomic and gender normative context of migrant sending communities, family life cycle, and the migration behavior of individuals other life course events; on the changing spatial distribution of Mexican migrant destinations in the U.S. and their relationship with the changing spatial distribution of migrant origins in Mexico; and on the factors that explain the health status of migrants in the U.S. and changes therein, particularly looking at selection, protection, and acculturation processes.

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  • Social demography, population geography, immigration, Mexico, United States, migrant health, new migrant destinations

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Teaching

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  • GEOG 1982 - World Regional Geography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Introduces a comparative framework for recognizing and understanding world regions. Units combine historical understanding with discussion of problems and challenges that face them, including discussion of economic growth, inequality, political conflict, colonialism, race and climate change.
  • GEOG 3812 - Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces the geography of Latin America, focusing on the lands and peoples of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Examines regional and national culture, history, environment, and population, as well as ongoing environmental and socioeconomic changes. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1972 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092.
  • GEOG 4292 - Migration, Immigrant Adaptation, and Development
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Examines historical and current patterns of migration with an emphasis in international movement. Looks at leading migration theories related to both origin- and destination-based explanations while critically looking at the role of development as a potential cause and consequence of population movement. Finally, covers some aspects of immigrants' social and economic adaptation to their host society. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1972 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092. Same as GEOG 5292 and ECON 4292.
  • GEOG 5292 - Migration, Immigrant Adaptation, and Development
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    historical and current patterns of migration with an emphasis in international movement. Looks at leading migration theories related to both origin- and destination-based explanations while critically looking at the role of development as a potential cause and consequence of population movement. Finally, covers some aspects of immigrants' social and economic adaptation to their host society. Same as GEOG 4292 and ECON 4292.
  • GEOG 6732 - Formal Population Geography: Analysis and Forecasting
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    In-depth introduction to formal demography. In addition to learning the basic demographic tools used nowadays in fertility, marriage, mortality, migration and forecasting/projections, it also looks at some potential links between formal and statistical demographic work that would enable the student to apply some of the methods learnt in an econometric or multivariate setting. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 5023.

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