Melissa Borja (Assistant Professor) is an historian who earned her A.B. at Harvard College, M.A. at the University of Chicago, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She researches and teaches about the history of migration, religion, race and ethnicity, and political development in the United States and the Pacific world. Her current project concerns refugee resettlement policy and its relationship to religious changes experienced by Hmong refugees resettled in the United States. Prior to coming to CSI, she was an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Fellow, a writing instructor at the Legal Outreach College Bound Program, and a middle school social studies teacher at the Casablanca American School in Casablanca, Morocco.