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Paul Kasun

PRC Graduate Student Trainee M.A., Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

PRC Graduate Student Trainee; PhD Candidate
Paul Kasun



Paul Kasun is a doctoral student in the Sociology Department at The University of Texas at Austin and a Trainee at the Population Research Center. The 2013-2014 season is his sixth year of graduate work. He enjoys a wide range of interests in sociology, focusing on religion, immigration and inequality.

Paul plans to finish his dissertation in the next several months. He collected original data in the Guatemalan Western Highlands. He surveyed 235 people in two towns, asking them 74 questions ranging from demographics to social perceptions. In part, he is studying affects of return migration and how the communities have responded to and perceive social mobility. Little work has been done to advance the interests of the indigenous, a topic close to his heart. He also interviewed return migrants in Guatemala from the United States.

The social forces influencing rural Guatemala, he hypothesizes, may be informative about other struggles for upward social mobility in Guatemala and the developing world in general.

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