Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

  • Bliss, Catherine

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    • Catherine Bliss
    • Associate Professor
    • Ph.D. New School for Social Research
    • Email: catherine.bliss@rutgers.edu
    • Office: Davison Hall
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Catherine Bliss is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. She teaches courses in the sociology of health and illness, and science and technology. She is the author of Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice and Social by Nature: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics.

      Dr. Bliss’s research examines the sociology of today's newest avenues in science and medicine: genomics and postgenomics. Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice reveals how DNA science has emerged to become the newest authority on the meaning of race. It demonstrates the institutionalization of academic-industry-governmental ties as well as the crystallization of a set of deterministic notions of race that perpetuate social inequality even as they aim to prevent it. Social by Nature: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics illuminates cutting edge developments in gene-environment science as natural and social scientists partner to create DNA analyses of social behavior. Following a small group of innovators, it exposes the evolution of a new field of genomics. This field evinces novel patterns in interdisciplinarity, such as transdisciplinarity marked by power imbalances in genetic versus social science. These imbalances shape the way the field constructs notions of race, gender, and sexuality.

  • Chaudhary, Ali R.

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    • Ali R. Chaudhary
    • Assistant Professor
    • Ph.D. University of California, Davis
    • Email: ali.chaudhary@rutgers.edu
    • Office: Davison Hall, 132B
    • Website: https://www.sociologistmusician.com/
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology and am currently a faculty associate of the Rutgers Program on South Asian Studies and the Center for Security, Race & Rights (Rutgers Law School). I am also a research associate of the International Migration Institute Network (IMI-n) based at the University of Amsterdam. My primary areas of research include immigration, nonprofit organizations, and the sociology of music. Through my research and teaching, I strive to unravel the embeddedness of social life in symbolic boundaries and group inequities. Accordingly, I am currently working on a number of projects, which investigate how symbolic boundaries premised on social categories of race, ethnicity, nativity, religion, and class, inform the structure and organization of immigrant integration as well as the production and performance of popular music.

      Past Research

      My earlier work explored how racial group differences are strongly associated with prestige hierarchies within self-employment in the United States (Chaudhary 2015). My doctoral research examined how different historical and institutional structures in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, resulted in different configurations of Pakistani immigrant nonprofit organizations (Chaudhary 2018; Chaudhary & Guarnizo 2016). In this work I further explored how race, nationality, and religion intersect and manifest as an organizational-level stigma that constrains the capacities for Pakistani nonprofits to facilitate integration and transnational development (Chaudhary-forthcoming; Chaudhary and Moss 2019). Before coming to Rutgers, I held a Marie Curie Early Career Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford. At Oxford, I investigated how immigrants residing in Europe engage in domestic and homeland-oriented electoral politics (Chaudhary 2018). In addition, I have been working with a group of sociologists at the University of Texas on a series of papers that examine the effects of religiosity on Muslim-American attitudes towards politically motivated violence (Acevedo & Chaudhary 2015) and Muslim-American identity (Chaudhary et al. 2019).  

      Current Research

      In an effort to expand sociological understandings of the intersection of race, immigration, and culture, my new research consists of three studies, which investigate how symbolic boundaries tied to group ascriptions (i.e. race, nativity, nationality, etc.) affect the consumption, performance, and production of popular music in the United States. The first study examines how racial boundaries in the recording industry influenced the racialization of the electric guitar as well as music genres intrinsically linked to it. A second study historical data and secondary research to examine the various ways in which several popular genres of American music were created through immigrant collaboration with American-born musicians during the during the 20th century. Finally, a third project uses historical census data and qualitative methods to examine how symbolic boundaries of race and nativity affect the employment of musicians in the United States during two periods: 1) 1950 to 2000; and 2) 2008 to 2019. Together these projects share an analytic emphasis on the embeddedness and influence of symbolic boundaries on the creation, performance, production, and consumption of popular music.

  • Dinzey-Flores, Zaire

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    • Zaire Dinzey-Flores
    • Associate Professor
    • PhD. University of Michigan, 2005
    • Email: zdinzey@rutgers.edu
    • Office: Davison Hall, 119
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Associate Professor in Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Sociology, teaches courses on urbanism, Caribbean societies and development, race and ethnicity, and research methods. Her research interests are in the areas of urbanism, space and place, the built environment, race and ethnicity, social inequality, mixed-method research, criminal justice, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, and African Diaspora. Dinzey-Flores' research focuses on understanding how urban space mediates community life and race, class, and social inequality. She uses an interdisciplinary lens (sociology, urban planning, public policy), mixed-method approaches, and often a comparative Caribbean-U.S. framework, to investigate the processes that cement the built environment and unequally distribute power. She is particularly interested in housing and urban residential (housing and neighborhood) design: the underlying logics and policies that drive design, how design is interpreted, used, and experienced, and the consequences for inequality among communities and residents of cities.

      Her book, Locked In, Locked Out: Gated Communities in a Puerto Rican City (University Of Pennsylvania Press: 2013), winner of the 2014 Robert E. Park Award of the Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS) of the American Sociological Association and an Honorable Mention of the 2014 Frank Bonilla Book Award of the Puerto Rican Studies Association, examines race and class inequality as they are recreated, contained, and negotiated through urban policy, the physical built environment, and community gates in private and public housing.

      Dinzey-Flores is currently working on a number of projects: the first is a mixed-method examination of how race is articulated in residential real estate practices in demographically changing neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY; the second, looks at the transatlantic circulation of housing planning and design ideals in the middle of the 20th Century. She is also collaborating on a mobile data project with department and university colleagues seeking to understand racial segregation as it occurs in motion and a mixed-media project on construction in the Caribbean.

  • Friedman, Brittany

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    • Brittany Friedman
    • Assistant Professor
    • Ph.D., Northwestern University in 2018
    • Email: bmf94@rutgers.edu
    • Office: Davison Hall 043
    • Website: https://www.brittanyfriedman.com/
    • Brittany Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Program in Criminal Justice and the Center for Security, Race, and Rights at Rutgers University. She is a 2019 Fellow of the Racial, Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN). Friedman holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University and researches race and prison order, penal policy, and the intersections between institutions and monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system. Her first book, Born in Blood: Death Work, White Power, and the Rise of the Black Guerilla Family (under contract, The University of North Carolina Press JPP Series), traces the institutionalization of control strategies designed to eradicate Black political protest and the resulting consequences for the prison social system. The research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Criminology, and the Kellogg School of Management.

      Friedman is a member of the Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions, researching how monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system impact reentry, racial inequality, and poverty.

      With April Fernandes and Gabriela Kirk, she is Co-PI of a comparative study of inmate reimbursement practices, also known as “pay-to-stay.” Their funded project expands the study of monetary sanctions to include empirical analyses of pay-to-stay as revenue generation.

  • Jones, Leslie Kay

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    • Leslie Kay Jones
    • Assistant Professor
    • Email: lv251@sociology.rutgers.edu
    • Office: Davison Hall, 131
    • Dr. Leslie Kay Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers New Brunswick, specializing in social movements. She draws extensively on the fields of race and gender, critical race theory, and online social media in her study of collective mobilization. She teaches qualitative and computer assisted research methods, particularly digital ethnography and content analysis.

      Leslie’s recent article, BlackLivesMatter: An Analysis of the Movement as Social Drama, proposes a theoretical model for the role of the Black Twitter counterpublic in mediating the frames of #BlackLivesMatter protests. Her working manuscript argues that Black women are forming intellectual salons through online social media, in which they are making groundbreaking theoretical contributions toward the public understanding of race and gender.

      Leslie is an interdisciplinary scholar that is active in the digital humanities and digital sociologies communities. She co-directs the Digital Sociology Collective with Drs. Rachel Durso (Washington College) and Francesca Tripodi (UNC).

      As a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, she held fellowships at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy (2018-2019) and the Price Lab for Digital Humanities (2017-2018)

      In 2016, she began co-ordinating the Digital Sociology Mini-Conference as part of the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting, an initiative first started in 2015 by Jessie Daniels, Karen Gregory, and Tressie McMillan Cottom. In 2020, the Digital Sociology Mini-Conference became the 1st Annual Digital Sociology unconference, independently hosted by the newly named Digital Sociology Collective.

  • Krivo, Lauren J.

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    • Lauren J. Krivo
    • Professor
    • Ph.D. University of Texas, 1984
    • Email: lkrivo@sociology.rutgers.edu
    • Office: Davison Hall, 111
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Lauren Krivo is Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University and a faculty affiliate of the Program in Criminal Justice.  Her research seeks to understand the interconnections among societal racialized structures, changing social structural conditions, and inequality in crime, violence and other outcomes across racial and ethnic groups in the United States.  Her book with Ruth D. Peterson, Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide (Russell Sage 2010) shows that inequalities in crime across neighborhoods of distinct colors are rooted in the extraordinary differentials in community conditions that are core components of segregation within U.S. urban areas.  

      She is currently analyzing the second wave of the National Neighborhood Crime Study (NNCS2) which she collected with María B. Vélez and Christopher J. Lyons.  The NNCS2 provide the only national panel data on crime in neighborhoods across the United States.  The first articles from this project show (1) an increase in the relative crime gap between African American and other ethno-racial neighborhoods; and (2) unanticipated increases in violent and property crime in that are largely limited to a subset of Black neighborhoods. These changes are the products of racialized differences in neighborhood economic and housing instability leading up to and following the Great Recession. 

      She has published widely on the role of segregation in city and neighborhood crime as well as contributing to broader academic dialogue on race, ethnicity, crime, and justice through her co-edited volumes:  The Many Colors of Crime:  Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America (with Ruth D. Peterson and John Hagan, NYU Press 2006), “Race, Crime, and Justice: Contexts and Complexities”  The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, May 2009 (with Ruth D. Peterson), and “Color Matters: Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice in Uncertain Times”, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Spring 2018 (with Ruth D. Peterson and Kathryn Russell-Brown). 

      Krivo is the co-founder of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN) with Ruth D. Peterson.  The RDCJN is a national network of scholars that seeks to broaden scholarship at the intersection of race, crime, and justice, and promotes the success of junior scholars of color through its Summer Research Institute. The RDCJN is currently headed by Rod Brunson (Northeastern University) and Jody Miller (Rutgers University-Newark). 

      Krivo was the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation funded project “EAGER: Developing an Application for Assessing Respondent Experiences of Their Surroundings in Real Time” (SES-1520778) with co-PIs Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Janne Lindqvist, and Hana Shepherd. The software code developed in the project for an in-person tablet-based survey and an application for use on mobile devices (app) to collect GPS location data, ecological momentary assessment (EMA) surveys, and implicit association test (IAT) results is available at the following location: 

      NSF1520778, EAGER: Developing an Application for Assessing Respondent Experiences of Their Surroundings in Real Time 

  • Lee, Catherine

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    • Catherine Lee
    • Associate Professor
    • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
    • Email: clee@sociology.rutgers.edu
    • Office: Davison Hall, 141
    • Website: http://catherineylee.com/
    • Phone: 848-932-7807
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Catherine Lee is associate professor of sociology and faculty associate at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. As a political sociologist, she examines how meanings of race and ethnicity shape social relations and inequalities across three critical sites: immigration; science and medicine; and law and society. Catherine is the author of Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration (2013, Russell Sage) and co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (2012, Rutgers University Press). Her current projects include an investigation of the use of DNA testing in family reunification cases in the United States and Europe and of the meaning of diversity in U.S. biomedicine given shifting ethnic and racial demographics and the rise of multiraciality due to increased immigration.

  • Mai, Quan

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    • Quan Mai
    • Assistant Professor
    • PhD, Vanderbilt University in 2018
    • Email: quan.mai@sociology.rutgers.edu
    • Office: Davison Hall, 049
    • Website: https://www.quandmai.com/
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Quan D. Mai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2018. Dr. Mai’s research and teaching interests include work & occupations, social stratification, social movements, research methods, and environmental sociology. His scholarship focuses on how a range of social relations—including employment relations, race-ethnic relations, state regulatory capacity, and social movements—combine in the economy, polity, and in urban spaces to influence processes of social stratification. His current projects explore various consequences of nonstandard employment for workers’ labor market outcomes and socioeconomic well-being.

      He is a sociologist studying how work, race, and space shape various dimensions of social inequality in the labor market. His recent publications analyze the institutional drivers of work precarity in a cross-national setting. His current research examines how the experience of nonstandard employment shapes various aspects of workers’ lives, including their well-being and labor market prospects. In another related line of research, he explores the interaction between multiple media platforms, political institutions, and social movements. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in Social ForcesSocial Science & Medicine, Research in the Sociology of Work, Labor History, ​and other academic journals.