Erica Mullen's dissertation research investigates the redistribution of the immigrant and native populations in the contemporary United States. The project ties together my areas of specialization: international and internal migration, demography, urbanization, and race and ethnic relations.
She is currently working with Michael J. White on a project investigating the socioeconomic attainment of European immigrants during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Mullen has worked extensively with Leah K. VanWey studying intergenerational differences in educational attainment among residents of Altamira, Brazil, following changes to Brazil’s education policy.
In 2010, she completed her Master’s thesis comparing family social capital (conceptualized in this study as parental involvement in learning activities with their children in the home environment) and family background characteristics (immigrant and generational status, race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, among others) as they relate to children’s early reading performance.
Mullen came to Brown University after working in Washington, D.C. as a research assistant tracking health care and retirement trends. Before moving to D.C., she was a full-time intern in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, working alongside his immigration aide helping constituents with immigration-related matters.