Erik Vickstrom is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology and the Office of Population Research and is pursuing a joint degree in Sociology and Social Policy. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Sociology and American Studies. Before coming to Princeton, Vickstrom worked for the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, ran educational programs in Senegal, and worked on USAID projects in Washington, DC. His academic interests include international migration, development, and inequality.
Vickstrom has conducted research on migration to Europe during his time at Princeton. With Alejandro Portes, Vickstrom has published extensively on second-generation immigrants in Spain. This research includes studies of academic and professional aspirations and expectations, self-identities, and parental influences and has been published in International Migration Review, The British Journal of Sociology, and Revista Internacional de Sociología. Vickstrom also collaborated with Portes on a study of diversity, social capital, and cohesion that was published in the Annual Review of Sociology.
Vickstrom's dissertation is based on analyses of data from the Migrations between Africa and Europe (MAFE) project. In 2008 he visited the Institut de population, développement, et santé de la reproduction (IPDSR) of the University of Dakar, Senegal, during MAFE data collection, and has visited the Insititut national d’études démographiques (INED) in Paris to pursue research projects based on the MAFE data. Vickstrom has presented his ongoing dissertation research at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting, the American Sociological Society Annual Meeting, the European Population Conference, and the African Population Conference.