My research interests center on the movement of people, ideas, goods and food -- their causes and consequences, as well as the notion of borders and boundaries, as seen through these movements. These interests reflect my personal background of having lived and worked in different countries and my love for travel, languages, and tasting (and cooking) world-wide cuisine. I have conducted ethnographic work in Peru, the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and Mexico, and like to engage in comparative research across countries.
I have a penchant for “unusual” populations, and have studied Japanese-Peruvians, Asian Latinos, multiple migrants, and the super mobile. Currently, I am particularly interested in exploring the relationship between geographical mobility and social mobility. What is the impact of migration on social mobility and vice versa? Who moves where and how do they decide on their destinations? Where do they “make it,” and what does it mean to “make it”? I explore these questions, using a combination of ethnographic research, interviews, and quantitative data analysis.
My current projects include:
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Ayumi Takenaka, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University
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