Since 2010, the number of refugees and asylum seekers in the world has grown dramatically. Under the Obama administration, the number of resettled refugees admitted to the United States rose from previous years; under the Trump administration, the number declined between 2017 and 2018, but rose between 2018 and 2019. Nevertheless, the number of resettled refugees admitted in 2019 was still about 30,000 lower than the number during Obama’s final year in office.
These shifts have generated intense public debate and new theoretical and empirical research on refugee and migrant integration. In the July volume of The ANNALS, “Refugee and Immigrant Integration: Unpacking the Research, Translating It into Policy,” special editors Katharine Donato and Elizabeth Ferris bring together scholars to discuss and apply this new theoretical and empirical research.
2003 Ernest W. Burgess Fellow
Orlando Patterson is the John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. He received his B.Sc. in Economics from London University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics. After faculty appointments at the London School of Economics and the University of the West Indies, he moved to Harvard University in 1969–70 and was appointed Professor the following year. Between 1971 and 1973 he was also the Allston Burr Senior Tutor of Leverett House.
Patterson’s academic interests include the culture and practices of freedom; the comparative study of slavery and ethno-racial relations; and the cultural sociology of poverty and underdevelopment with special reference to the Caribbean and African American youth. He has also written on the cultural sociology of sports, especially the game of cricket. Patterson is the author of numerous academic papers and several major academic books, including Slavery and Social Death (1982); Freedom in the Making of Western Culture (1991); The Ordeal of Integration (1997); The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (2015); and The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament (2019).
For eight years (1972–79), Patterson was Special Advisor for Social Policy and Development to Prime Minister Michael Manley of Jamaica. He was a founding member of Cultural Survival, one of the leading advocacy groups for the rights of indigenous peoples, and was for several years a board member of Freedom House, a major civic organization for the promotion of freedom and democracy around the world.