Jackson Oxler is interested in immigration processes, migrant experiences, and how the two relate to individual identities. He is working with Rev. Robert Dowd, CSC in the political science department, researching what it means to be a member of a nation through surveys and in-depth interview analysis. More specifically, the project is focused on religious identities and how one’s religion might affect and influence one’s experience in migrating. After analyzing data collected in Milan, the project is now moving to other parts of Italy, and then further into other parts of Europe.
This past summer, Oxler spent two months studying the Spanish language in Spain through a grant from the Nanovic Institute. He hopes to use the experience to conduct independent research in the coming years.