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Sheila Puffer-Hammer and Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy

May 6, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us on Monday, May 6, 2019 for a book talk by Sheila Puffer of Northeastern University. This talk is part of the Occasional Series and is sponsored by the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

A book signing will follow this event. Please note: the NYU Bookstore off-site event sales are credit/debit card or exact change cash only!!

This deeply personal book tells the untold story of the significant contributions of technical professionals from the former Soviet Union to the US innovation economy, particularly in the sectors of software, social media, biotechnology, and medicine. Drawing upon in-depth interviews, it channels the voices and stories of more than 150 professionals who emigrated from 11 of the 15 former Soviet republics between the 1970s and 2015, and who currently work in the innovation hubs of Silicon Valley and Boston/Cambridge. The resulting mosaic of perspectives provides valuable insight into the impact of immigration on US economic development, specifically in high technology and innovation.

Sheila M. Puffer, who is University Distinguished Professor and Professor of International Business at Northeastern University and Jordan Center Fellow, will discuss her latest book, Hammer and Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy — Immigration, Innovation, Institutions, Imprinting, and Identity, coauthored with Daniel J. McCarthy and Daniel M. Satinsky (Cambridge University Press, 2018).



May 6, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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