Hunter College of the City University of New York
695 Park Avenue, 1618 Hunter West
New York, NY 10065
Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her current work focuses on the comparative study of immigration – comparing immigration today with earlier periods in the United States, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities, and immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe. She has written extensively on immigration to New York City, past and present, as well as Jamaican migration to New York and London, especially issues of race and ethnicity, gender, and family dynamics.
Foner is the author or editor of 15 books — among them, the award-winning From Ellis Island to JFK: New York’s Two Great Waves of Immigration (Yale University Press, 2000), In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration (NYU Press, 2005), and Across Generations: Immigrant Families in America (NYU Press, 2009) – as well as more than 90 articles and book chapters.
Among her other activities, she is a member of the Russell Sage Foundation Immigration Research Advisory Committee, the advisory group of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island History Advisory Committee. A former chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, she is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section. In 2011, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.