Durana Saydee

Durana Saydee

Graduate Student

Email: duranasaydee@ucla.edu

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• M.A. Sociology, Columbia University, 2021
• B.A. Sociology (with honors), UCLA, 2020


Fields of Study

International Migration, Global and Comparative Sociology, Forced Migration, Legal Status, Afghanistan, Qualitative Methods

Awards & Grants

  • Graduate Research Mentorship, 2023-2024
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2023
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, 2022
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, 2018-2020

Conference Presentations

  • “Who are the Afghan Newcomers? Understanding the Background and Socio-cultural Strengths and Needs of Afghan Evacuees to the United States” International Rescue Committee Webinar. Virtual. 2021.
  • “Panahandegan: Negotiating Afghan Identities and Reforming Group Boundaries” Mellon Mays Undergraduate Symposium. Los Angeles, California. 2020.
  • “Navigating Identity in the Afghan Diaspora” Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Western Regional Conference. Seattle, Washington. 2019.
  • “Ethnic Networks and Identity Formation: The Relationship Between Networks, Boundary-Making, and Refugee Incorporation” Chicago Humanities Research Symposium. Chicago, Illinois. 2019.


  • Roger Waldinger
  • Cecilia Menjívar