Simon Fern

Simon is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. His research examines migration and health experiences, both separately and as they shape one another. His work combines population health research and ethnography to produce holistic, mixed methods accounts of migrant wellbeing. Simon’s research interrogates methodological nationalism, foregrounds everyday life, and centers an intersectional understanding of heterogenous migrant identities.

Simon earned an MA (hons.) in Literature and History from the University of Edinburgh, with an emphasis on postcolonial studies, critical theory, and collective memory. He then graduated from the University of Copenhagen with an MA (cand. mag.) in Advanced Migration Studies, writing a thesis on sanctuary, sovereignty, and subnational immigration policy.

Research Areas

Migration, population health, transnational processes, ethnography, mixed methods.


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