Walls and Lines in the Sand: The Shifting Landscape of Immigration

About the Panelists

Niels Frenzen is the director of the Immigration Clinic at the USC Gould School of Law, where law students work on projects including the LGBT Asylum Project and the Immigrant Detention Rights Project. Professor Frenzen specializes in immigration and refugee law, and blogs about migration from Africa to Europe at http://migrantsatsea.org.



Manuel Pastor is a professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, at USC. The author of Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America’s Metro Areas, Pastor researches the economic, environmental, and social conditions of low-income urban communities.



Emily Ryo is an associate professor of law and sociology at the USC Gould School of Law. Prior to joining USC, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton. Her research focuses on immigration, criminal justice, legal attitudes, and legal noncompliance.



Varun Soni (moderator) is the dean of Religious Life at USC, a University Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy, and a member of the State Bar of California and the American Academy of Religion. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement and is the author of Natural Mystics: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.