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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

The race, ethnicity, and immigration cluster brings together faculty and graduate students who are interested in the structures and processes that shape patterns of inequality related to race, ethnicity, nationality, and citizenship. This cluster addresses a wide range of theoretical and empirical questions related to these basic forms of social differentiation.  

Current research in this cluster engages a set of diverse questions, some of which are listed below: 

How do historical concepts of race shape contemporary racial identities?  How is race manifested in urban and suburban spaces?  How do ethnoracial diversity and face-to-face contact affect intergroup relations?  What is demographic impact of the black-white disparities in mortality over the course of the 20th century?  What social factors affect racial and ethnic disparities in education?  

What social conditions encourage the civic and political incorporation of immigrants? What are the social and demographic sources of contemporary international migration?  How does climate change affect patterns of migration?  How and why does immigrant health change over time?  How do policy makers and professionals develop notions of cultural competency when providing services for immigrants?  What factors facilitate the adaptation of immigrant youth?

The research in the race, ethnicity, and immigration cluster investigates these questions using diverse data and methodological approaches, including ethnography, interviews, archival data/historical comparative methods, and large-scale surveys.

Cluster-Related Graduate Courses


230 Race and Ethnic Relations                                    
The course examines contemporary theoretical and empirical debates in the sociological literature on race and ethnicity in the U.S.  The course will cover racial/ethnic group formation, continuing racial inequality, immigrant incorporation into U.S. society, racial/ethnic conflict and mobilization, new forms of ethnic identity, and investigate different methodological approaches to understanding these processes and outcomes.

270 Social Demography and Population Health
This course covers theory and research on the three components of population change—mortality, fertility, and migration—in order to understand how populations grow and change in structure, composition, and distribution. The course also covers racial/ethnic variation in mortality, fertility, and family structure, the causes and control of international migration, and racial/ethnic spatial segregation.

295 International Migration                                            
This course examines contemporary theoretical and empirical debates in the sociological literature on international migration, focusing in particular on the causes and control of international migration and the incorporation of international migrants and their descendants into host societies and will include social determinants of and social variation in health and mortality.

Soc 295 The Ghetto: Origins, History, and Discourse      
This course explores contemporary urban research and the way that the ghetto continues to be used descriptively and analytically. Is the ghetto an analytical concept that is important in understanding cities or is it simply a colloquial expression for race? The course will cover what the Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York Schools offer to our understanding of the term’s history.

People specializing in this area

Halfmann, Drew
  • Associate Professor
2270 SS&H
Spring 2017: T 10-11am, and by appointment
Hamilton, Erin
  • Associate Professor
2244 SS&H
Spring 2017: Wed. 2-4 and by appointment
Haynes, Bruce
  • Professor
2251 SS&H
Spring 2017: Mondays 3:00-5:00pm and by appointment
  • Hibel, Jacob
    • Associate Professor
    2240 SS&H
    Spring 2017: Mon. 10:00-12:00
  • Kyle, David
    2265 SS&H
    Spring: Monday, 1:00-3:00
    Lo, Ming-Cheng
    • Professor
    2269 SS&H
    Spring 2017: Thursdays 2:10-4pm
  • Shauman, Kimberlee
    • Professor
    2243 SS&H
    Spring 2017: Wednesdays 9-11pm
    Shu, Xiaoling
    • Professor,Graduate Director and Vice Chair
    • 教授,副系主任,研究生主任
    2274 Social Sciences & Humanities
    Not teaching in Spring 2017. Hours: Mon 10-12pm
  • Wolf, Diane
    • Professor
    • Director, Jewish Studies Program
    2267 SS&H
    Spring 2017. T/R 10:30-11:30am
    McCoy, Jabou
    • Lecturer
    2249 SS&H
    Spring 2017: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:15pm-1:15pm or by appointment
    Graduate Students
    Buchanan, B.B.
    • Graduate Student
    261 SS&H
    Tuesday 2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Florence, Chelsi
    • Graduate Student
    SS&H 294
    Mon. & Wed. 10:50am-11:50am (or by appointment)
    Hart, Beth
    • Graduate Student
    286 SS&H
    By appointment only.
  • Savinar, Robin
    • Graduate Student
    252 SS&H
    By appointment only.
    Research Professors
    Jackman, Mary
    • Research Professor
    2245 SS&H
    Winter 2013: T 3:00-5:00
    On The Job Market
    McCoy, Jabou
    • Lecturer
    2249 SS&H
    Spring 2017: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:15pm-1:15pm or by appointment

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    Julie Collins-Dogrul (PhD 2007) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Whittier College. Her expertise is in transnational social problems, health disparities, social determinants of health, US-Mexico Border issues, and inter-organizational cooperation and governance.

    Kim Ebert (PhD 2009) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University. Kim's research focuses on the maintenance of ethnoracial inequalities and emergent collective action among immigrant newcomers. Most recently, Kim has published her work in Social Problems andLatino Studies.

    Melanie Jones Gast (PhD 2009) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at DePaul University. Her research focuses on how racial and ethnic minorities navigate mainstream institutions, including educational systems.  She has published in Social Science Research and The Journal of Higher Education.

    Jesus (Jesse) Hernandez (PhD 2012) is a Lecturer in the UC Davis Department of Sociology.  His research examines historical patterns of residential segregation and intensive bank deregulation that led to subprime loans and massive foreclosures in minority neighborhoods in Sacramento, CA. His work has recently appeared in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

    Robert Moorehead (PhD 2009) is Associate Professor, College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, and is a former Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow.  His research focuses on the incorporation of Japanese Peruvian immigrants in central Japan.

    Sangha Niyogi (PhD 2010) is a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Extension.  Her research explores ethnic identity and incorporation among first- and second-generation Bengali-Hindus and Punjabi-Sikhs. Her research has been recently published in Cultural Sociology.

    Sarah Ovink (PhD 2011) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA. Her research on educational inequality, focusing on race/ethnicity and gender, has appeared inQualitative Sociology and Research in Higher Education.

    Jesse Rude (PhD 2009) is a Principal Research Analyst at NORC at the University of Chicago, where he works in the Education and Child Development Studies department. His work on interracial friendship stability was recently published in Social Forces.