Nathan Hoffmann

Nathan Hoffmann

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Nathan is a PhD candidate in sociology and MS student in statistics at UCLA. He is interested in international migration, education, sexuality, and quantitative methods. His work focuses on how state policies and other national institutions affect the decisions and well-being of immigrants. His sole-authored research has examined the academic outcomes of youths of immigrant background: U.S.-born children of return migrants in Mexico and around the world, Eastern Europeans in Western Europe, and children of immigrants in the United Kingdom. He also studies queer migration and the role of LGBT policy in shaping the migration decisions of queer people. In collaborative work he has studied the migration of immigrants in same-sex couples, deportation worry among immigrants in the U.S., the naturalization processes of early 20th-century European immigrants, and racial identity in France. For more details, please visit


  • CPhil: Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2022
  • MA: Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2020
  • MSc: Social Policy & Social Research, University College London, November 2017
  • BA: French, Music (Cello Performance), University of Missouri-Kansas City, May 2013

Fields of Study

International migration, education, sexuality, quantitative methods


  • Hoffmann, Nathan I. and Kristopher Velasco. 2023. “Policy Effects on Mixed-Citizenship, Same-Sex Unions: A Triple-Difference Analysis.” Social Forces.
  • Hoffmann, Nathan I. and Kristopher Velasco. 2023. “Sexuality, Migration, and LGB Policy: A Portrait of Immigrants in Same-Sex Couples in the United States.” International Migration Review.
  • Waldinger, Roger, Nathan I. Hoffmann, and Tianjian Lai. 2023. “Differentiated Legality: Understanding the Sources of Immigrants’ Deportation Fear.” Ethnic and Racial Studies.
  • Lai, Tianjian, Nathan I. Hoffmann, and Roger Waldinger. 2023. “When Fear Spreads: Individual- and Group-Level Predictors of Deportation Fear Among Latino Immigrants.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 49 (11): 2698-2719.
  • Hoffmann, Nathan I. 2022. “A ‘Win-Win Exercise’? Eastern European Children in Western Europe.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • Hoffmann, Nathan I. 2018. “Cognitive Achievement of Children of Immigrants: Evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study and the 1970 British Cohort Study.” British Educational Research Journal 44 (6): 1005–28.


  • Roger Waldinger
  • Jennie Brand
  • Andres Villarreal
  • Chad Hazlett