Since 2018 Nathan has been a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he focuses on issues of international migration, inequality, and education. His work focuses on how the experience of international migration transforms the lives of immigrants and their children.
His independent research has examined the academic outcomes of youths of immigrant background: U.S.-born children of return migrants in Mexico, Eastern Europeans in Western Europe, and children of immigrants in the United Kingdom. He highlights the important role of national education systems and other institutions the ways they can both enable and hinder immigrant integration and success. In collaborative work he has also studied the migration of immigrants in same-sex couples, deportation worry among Latino immigrants, and the naturalization processes of early 20th-century European immigrants
Born in Rochester, New York, Nathan grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, and attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he majored in French and cello performance. After graduating in 2013, he taught English in Belgium on a Fulbright grant before securing a job as program manager in the Fulbright office in Brussels. In 2016-2017 he completed a master’s in Social Policy and Social Research at University College London’s Institute of Education.