I am currently looking for participants (located anywhere!) for a study of queer and trans experiences with the U.S. family immigration system.
About the study
This interview study explores marriage-based immigration to the United States from the perspectives of LGBTQ people. Interview questions focus on your experience with immigration processes, including any challenges or obstacles you’ve encountered, and ways that these processes and policies have influenced your relationships and quality of life.
Who can participate?
I am looking for interviewees ages 21 and older who 1) identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or have a same-sex partner,* and 2) are currently undergoing or have previously undergone marriage-based immigration to the United States, and/or sponsored a fiancé or spouse for a visa, green card, or derivative refugee or asylee status.
*Please feel welcome to contact me if you don’t identify with one of these terms but think this study may be relevant to you.
I am interested in hearing from individuals and couples at all stages of the immigration process. LGBTQ-identified people navigating US immigration in the context of both same-sex and different-sex relationships are welcome to participate.
One 60-minute interview in Arabic, English, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish. If you’d like to participate but prefer to use a language that is not listed, please let me know and I will look for an appropriate interpreter.
When & where?
Your preferred date, time, and location. You can choose to be interviewed in person or remotely using a secure web conferencing platform that is designed to protect your privacy. If in person and within the US, I will make arrangements to travel to you. In person interviews may be scheduled to maximize the number of interviews in a given city/state/territory. Those participating locally are welcome to use a private conference room at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
About the researcher
I am an assistant professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Sociology. My previous research focused on LGBTQ family relationships in Taiwan. For published results of this work, see http://amybrainer.com/publications. My parents are US citizens who lived in mainland China for 20 years. I spent parts of my early life in China and developed an interest in family migration during this period. I identify as queer femme and navigated the US green card process with a T (butch/transmasculine) former partner. I’m glad to answer any questions you have about my own story and reasons for doing this research.
To participate or to get more information about the study, call or text me at (312) 218-8837.
You are welcome to download and share the flyers below with anyone you know who may be interested in taking part. Thank you!
This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.