My whirlwind international research and conference trip is coming to a close. One more week in New York at Columbia University's Teachers College, then off to Montreal for the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference and a bit of fieldwork, before the long flight home. Details of the five papers I'm giving are on the ‘publications and presentations’ page. Here are some other highlights: speaking with Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, Chair of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force in US Congress, and Marshall (Mike) S. Smith, who is perhaps most knowledgeable person on US federal education policy. Check out the photo page for a few choice memories with these impressive people.