About the Team

Our founders are among the leaders in the fields of immigration and education. As a team, we have experience researching, teaching and writing about immigration and belonging, the fault lines of democracy, civic education and about social justice, children, youth, and schooling. Members of our team have presented our work in a variety of settings, to a wide range of audiences, from the Vatican and the White House to small school-based learning communities and developed educational resources used by tens of thousands of teachers and millions of students around the world. We bring these experiences to the defining issue of our time.

Adam Strom is the Director of Re-Imagining Migration. Throughout his career, Mr. Strom has connected the academy to classrooms and the community by using the latest scholarship to encourage learning about identity, bias, belonging, history, and the challenges and opportunities of civic engagement in our globalized world. The resources developed under Strom’s direction have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms and experienced by millions of students around the world including Stories of Identity: Religion, Migration, and Belonging in a Changing World and What Do We Do with a Difference? France and The Debate Over Headscarves in Schools, Identity, and Belonging in a Changing Great Britain, and the viewer’s guide to I Learn America. Before joining the Re-imagining Migration Project, Strom was the Director of Scholarship and Innovation at Facing History and Ourselves.


Verónica Boix-Mansilla is the Research Director of Re-imagining Migration and Senior Principal Investigator at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research examines the conditions that enable individuals to understand and act with others on the most pressing issues of our times (migration and globalization) through quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary work in formal and informal educational settings. At Re-imagining Migration, she is co-developing a research-based comprehensive framework for quality education of immigrant-origin youth and their peers. She also examines how teachers develop their capacity to educate for global competence with quality. She works with the OECD, the International Baccalaureate, the DC Public Schools, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and other institutions to advance global education innovations. She co-developed the OECD Global Competence Framework in 2018 and published multiple papers and books: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World (2011) with Tony Jackson.


Carola Suárez-OrozcoCarola Suárez-Orozco is a Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA and is the co-founder of Re-imagining Migration.  Her books include: Children of Immigration (Harvard University Press), Learning a New Land (Harvard University Press), as well as the Transitions: The Development of the Children of Immigrants (NYU Press). She has been awarded an American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation for her contributions to the understanding of cultural psychology of immigration, has served as Chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and is a member of the National Academy of Education. 



Marcelo Suárez-Orozco is the Wasserman Dean at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS) and co-founder of Re-imagining Migration. He is a psychological anthropologist. His research on globalization, education, and mass migration has been published in award-winning books by Harvard University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, Cambridge University Press, New York University Press, and multiple scholarly journals. At Harvard, the Dean served as the Thomas Professor of Education and founding Member of the Executive Committee of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. At NYU he was the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor. He has held fellowships at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study and Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. He has been Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the University of Barcelona & Catholic University of Leuven. In January of 2018, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Dean Suárez-Orozco to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Former Staff:

Credits to Boston Photographer Lindsey Michelle Williams

Aakanksha Gupta was the Program Coordinator at Re-imagining Migration. In September 2018, Aakanksha received her MA in Civic Media: Art and Practice at Emerson College. Prior to this, she got her BA in Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Having grown up in the UAE and India, Aakanksha is fascinated by how different media forms travel across different cultures, societies and histories – especially through marketing, journalism, film, TV and literature. Her experiences led her to believe that global competence is crucial in our understanding of media, of each other and of our work. She is passionate about using storytelling and messaging to help empower and educate communities. As part of her graduate thesis, she created ‘Community Storytelling Guide’, a resource that strives to support mediamakers in being prepared to work with a large range of migrants who want to share their stories online. She loved interacting with people and learning from her role at Re-imagining Migration, where she focused on content creation, digital communications and research. Being an immigrant herself, she cares very much about this work, and hopes to help drive positive change in migration education.


Credits to Boston Photographer Lindsey Michelle Williams

Isabella Guerra Uccelli was a Research Assistant at Re-imagining Migration. She did historical and contemporary research, writes articles, and generates resources. Isabella is a junior at Barnard College studying Anthropology and minoring in Latin American Studies. She is interested in immigration, education, and language, particularly in communication within multilingual environments. She loves learning from people and has a passion for new languages. Isabella’s interest in immigration work was spurred by a high school internship at an immigration agency in Boston, Agencia ALPHA. She later worked as a research assistant at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on a project called Setting Bilingual Learners Up for Academic Success. She also worked as a research assistant at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College where she wrote literature reviews focusing on transnational families, transnational motherhood, the politics of care taking, and education as a demonstration of care. This semester, Isabella interned as a coach at the International Institute of New England, helping clients with job applications and resumés.

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To send us snail mail we are located at 50 Milk St, 15th Floor, Boston, MA 02109.

To reach us by email, write to our director Adam Strom at adam@reimaginingmigration.org.