Samuel Mindes is a fourth year PhD candidate in the department of Sociology, having received his masters in the department in 2015. After receiving his bachelor's degree in sociology from Calvin College, he worked as an English teacher in the Marshall Islands and American Samoa as a volunteer for WorldTeach, a non-profit based out of Cambridge, MA. Sam's interests in sociology include international migration, international development, and social research methods. His dissertation research focuses on emigration from the United States to Canada and Mexico. This work will add to the understanding of migration in the North American Migration System. Sam is very interested in teaching, and he has a particular interest in incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he was a Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellow at James Madison College at MSU. In the IIT Fellowship Program, he worked closely with a core group of James Madison faculty to engage in structured discussions on pedagogy and practice, on interdisciplinary course design and curriculum development, and on general interaction with undergraduates.