Current Leadership

Every year, this group elects students to fill leadership roles. For the Spring 2017 – Spring 2018, our fearless leaders are:

Treasurer: Bonnie Ip

Bonnie IpBonnie H. Ip is a doctoral student in Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She holds a BA in English Literature from Binghamton University, an MA in American Studies from City College of New York, and an MA in sociology from The New School for Social Research. She is also currently a Graduate Research Assistant at University of Connecticut working on a Russell Sage Foundation funded project called “Etiquette of Inequality” that looks at the influence of background racial, ethnic, immigrant, and economic inequality on social relations in egalitarian settings in NYC. Her scholarly interests revolve around issues of intergenerational immigrant assimilation experiences, urban immigrant neighborhoods, and ethnic group boundaries.


Co-chairs: Christopher Maggio

Christopher Maggio received his BA and MA from New York University in Economics and Applied Quantitative Research, respectively. He focuses on quantitative research related to immigration to the United States over the past 25 years. Specifically, he is interested in comparative work on theexperiences of immigrants and racial minorities in the traditional and new immigrant destinations, particularly in the American South. This includes labor market outcomes, social and political life, experiences with discrimination, and neighborhood effects. Additionally, he is interested in the impacts of rapid immigrant growth on the communities in these new destinations.


Webmaster: Karen Okigbo

Karen Okigbo is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology program at the Graduate Center. Her research focuses on the assimilation and acculturation experiences of Nigerian immigrants in the United States. Karen serves as a Senior Quantitative Research Associate at CUNY’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies (CLACLS) and a Research Fellow at the Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support (REPS). In 2009, she earned a Bachelor’s in Politics from Princeton University. She also holds Masters degrees in Sociology from North Dakota State University and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.


Co-chair: Nga Than

Nga Than is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology program at the Graduate Center. Her research interests are in the subfields of immigration, globalization, nationalism, mixed methodology, urban sociology, race and ethnicity.




Co-chair: Siqi Tu

Siqi Tu’s work is primarily within the areas of urban sociology and immigration. She was born and raised in Shanghai, China and moved to New York City in 2012. She developed her interest in immigration and urban neighborhoods as an observer of diverse communities in different metropolitan areas. She is currently working on an experimental study on public opinion towards undocumented immigrants. Tu teaches mass communication at Brooklyn College beginning in Fall 2014. Siqi Tu on Linkedin and