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Imma H

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of Washington


Sociology, immigration, environment, gender, sexuality, activism, social justice, politics


I'm currently a PhD candidate in Sociology. My broad areas of interest are immigration, the environment, and gender/sexuality. In the past, I've worked in the legal field and I've worked in a Congressman's office. I'm passionate about social justice, activism, and social movements. In my free time, I love to hike, roller skate, and try new restaurants! A cool fact about me is that both my parents are immigrants; my mom is from the Netherlands and my dad is from Finland.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Who's Allowed to be a Citizen?: The History of Exclusionary Immigration Laws in the U.S.

This project examines the history of immigration laws in the U.S. and how these laws have excluded different groups overtime. How have these laws decided who's allowed to enter the country and become a citizen? What are the reasonings for these laws?

Coding skills

SPSS (proficient), R (intermediate)

Languages I know

Spanish, intermediate

Teaching experience

I have been a TA for a few different classes, Intro to Sociology and Quantitative Methods, and I've assisted undergraduates with these courses and taught sections. I also was a Scholastic Assistant during college, in which I mentored 20 students with their transition to college and adjusting academically. Finally, for three years in high school, I was a mentor for multiple students and helped with their transition to high school.


Work experience

Law Offices of E. John Damasco (2019 - 2021)
Legal Assistant
Office of Congressman Juan Vargas (2018 - 2018)


University of San Diego
BA Bachelor of Arts (2020)
Political Science and Sociology
University of Washington
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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