Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Race and ethnicity are fundamental to the organization of U.S. societies and societies around the world. Faculty in the Department of Sociology focus on the role of race and ethnicity across a range of institutions and social settings including crime and criminal justice, digital platforms, immigration, the labor market, science and medicine, and urban space. Our faculty and graduate students conduct research using a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. We offer seminars focusing broadly on racial and ethnic inequality in sociological theory and research as well as seminars on more focused topics including: the politics of diversity, place inequality, global mobility and inequality, and biological citizenship.

The sociology faculty are currently engaged in a wide range of research related to the sociology of race, ethnicity, and immigration. These include projects on: race and residential real estate practices in neighborhoods (Dinzey-Flores); race, punishment, and social control in prisons (Friedman); the intersection of race and genetics (Bliss); racialized incorporation of immigrants in the United States (Chaudhary); race and the production and performance of popular culture (Chaudhary); racial dimensions of U.S. immigration policy (Lee); race x gender in digital culture and networked movements (Jones); changing ethno-racial inequality in neighborhood crime (Krivo); the meaning of diversity in U.S. biomedicine (Bliss; Lee); and race and labor market inequality in the new economy (Mai). The methods employed include quantitative analyses of large data sets, ethnography and interviews, archival analysis, field and survey experiments, and digital ethnography. Thus, work in the race, ethnicity, and immigration program area reflects the diverse multi-method approach to research and training in the sociology department at Rutgers.

Graduate students collaborate with faculty and work on a range of projects on topics including: race, gender, and urban violence; racialized labor market integration processes; Puerto Rican settlement and integration; group threat and politics; performance of race in popular music; multiracial identification and the media; race, culture, and prison order; and racism, biomedicine, and health disparities.

At the undergraduate level, we offer a variety of courses across the levels of the curriculum on minority groups, comparative immigration studies, race relations, and immigrant minorities in the United States.