The Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award was awarded to Ali Chaudhary at the 13th Annual IMISCOE Conference, held in Prague on 30 June-2 July 2016 for his paper entitled: 'Voting "Here" and "There": Interrogating Immigrant Political Integration and Transnational Political Remittances'.
'Voting "Here" and "There": Interrogating Immigrant Political Integration and Transnational Political Remittances' explores why some migrants vote in their countries of destination while others vote in the elections of their origin countries.
The award is presented in honour of the founding father of IMISCOE, is an annual award for the best paper submitted to and presented at the IMISCOE annual conference, and sponsored by Comparative Migration Studies. This is the second time the award has been given to a paper from IMI: in 2014 the inaugural prize was awarded to Marie-Laurence Flahaux and Hein de Haas.
A version of the winning paper is published as an IMI working paper.
Read more about Ali's current research on the TRANSMIC project, which seeks to contribute to the understanding of the concept of transnational migration.
Ali Chaudhary is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His research interests lie at the intersection of international migration, political sociology, and organization studies.
He writes and teaches about nonprofit organizations, immigrant politics, and ethnic entrepreneurship. I've published research on immigrants' transnational electoral politics in Europe, Pakistani immigrant nonprofits, and the intersection of race and immigration within U.S. self-employment.