Established in 2011, the Center for Global Migration Studies is an interdisciplinary home for the study of migration and immigration around the world both today and in the past. Previously the Center for the History of the New America, the Center's name was changed in 2016 to reflect its increasing emphasis on peoples moving around the globe. The Center provides a distinctive institutional home for interdisciplinary research, for training faculty and students, and for distributing information about the migrant experience to a broad public.
The Center's work speaks to the mission of the University of Maryland by generating a more diverse, inclusive, and international culture at the heart of the University, and by facilitating local and international partnerships to make University faculty and students better global citizens. The Center's interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship and teaching have contributed to making the University a globally recognized leader in transnational research on migration. The Center also builds upon the strong connections the University maintains in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region by collaborating with institutions such as the National Museum of American History and the German Historical Society.
The University's home in Prince George's county underscores the importance of migration. At present, some 40 million (nearly 13 percent of the American people) are immigrants but in Prince George's County, immigrants and their children compose a near majority of the population. On the campus of the University of Maryland, where nearly 40 percent of the student body is defined as minority, this New America is ubiquitous. These new immigrants—from Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa—have transformed the campus just as they have transformed American society.