‘White Majority’ Essay by Richard Alba Prompts Debate

February  19, 2016
An essay by Distinguished Professor Richard Alba (Sociology) asserting the inaccuracy of an impending “white minority” has sparked attention at The American Prospect, which published four essays in response. (Read more)


Robert C. Smith Wins Prestigious ASA Award for ‘Black Mexicans’ Article

July 9, 2015

Professor Robert C. Smith (GC/Baruch, Sociology) was recently named winner of the American Sociological Association’s prestigious Louis Wirth Best Article Award.
Smith’s article, titledBlack Mexicans, Conjunctural Ethnicity, and Operating Identities: Long-Term Ethnographic Analysis,” draws on more than 15 years of research to analyze “Black Mexicans” — phenotypically “Mexican-looking” youth who identified as Black during adolescence, used this identity to become upwardly mobile, and then abandoned it in early adulthood.


Richard Alba on ‘White Minority’ Myth in NY Times Op-Ed

June 11, 2015
In a New York Times op-ed titled “The Myth of a White Minority,” Distinguished Professor Richard Alba (Sociology) sheds light on the Census Bureau’s “outdated, illogical methods” in forecasting an imminent white minority. Read the op-ed.


Op-Ed by Abigail Kolker in The Jerusalem Post

In Israel, who cares for the migrant caregivers?

Abigail Kolker (Sociology Ph.D. Student) published an op-ed article in The Jerusalem Post on migrant worker policy in Israel. She is currently in Israel as an NIF/SHATIL fellow, doing research on migrant domestic workers in Tel Aviv and working at Kav LaOved (Worker’s Hotline), a non-profit organization aimed a protecting the rights of Israel’s most disadvantaged workers through individual assistance, advocacy, and public education.


MSNBC Interview with Prof. Sujatha Fernandes on Recent Change of Relations with Cuba

December 20, 2014

Professor Sujatha Fernandes (Dept. of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center) discussed the United States’ normalization of relations with Cuba on the Melissa-Harris Perry show on MSNBC.


John Mollenkopf in New York Observer News

December 14, 2014

There’s No Room for Rudolph Giuliani in Bill de Blasio’s New York  (New York Observer News)

Fewer than one in five New Yorkers are native born, non-Hispanic whites, and that share of the population is only shrinking, said John Mollenkopf, a professor of political science and sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. “By the time Bloomberg was elected in 2001, and certainly somewhere in middle of the 2000s, the white share of the active electorate, people casting votes in New York City, slipped below half,” Mr. Mollenkopf said. “It is getting smaller. You can’t win just on that.”


Op-Ed by Nancy Foner in Time Magazine 

October 12, 2014

Columbus Day: Is Tony Soprano Quintessentially American? 

Opinion-editiorial by Nancy Foner, a distinguished professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, of the City University of New York.


Philip Kasinitz Discusses His Grandfather’s Immigration on

August, 8, 2014

My grandpa was ‘unaccompanied minor’ to U.S. — in 1907

Philip Kasinitz

In examining the immigration situation along the U.S. southern border, Presidential Professor Philip Kasinitz reflects on his ancestors, telling the story of his grandfather, an “unaccompanied minor” who came from an “unpromising beginning” and transformed into a “very solid American.”


Paul Attewell’s Study in the Chronicle of Higher Education 

August 7, 2014

Paul Attewell, professor of sociology and urban education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York said that “policy makers should be careful not to give colleges incentives for not severing the most disadvantaged students, by overemphasizing graduation rates as performance measure,” in accordance with a study he co-authored in the American Education Research Journal.


Hector Cordero-Guzman was on Melissa-harris-Perry show in the discussion of race and Census 

July 2, 2014
Hector Cordero-Guzman of Baruch College School of Public Affairs joined Nerdland to discuss the changing social constructs of race around shifting global realities and demographics. Watch the segment here.

Ruth Milkman Elected President of ASA

June 12, 2014

Professor Ruth Milkman has been elected the 107th president of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for 2015–2016. She will assume her office in August 2015, following a year of service as president-elect, and will chair the committee that will shape the ASA Annual Meeting program in Seattle in August 2016. As ASA president, Milkman will be a member of the ASA Council, which governs the association and its policies, and will be its chair in 2015–2016. She will also be a member of the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (2015–2017) and the 2016–2017 Publications Committee.

Milkman, professor in the Ph.D. Program in Sociology and academic director of labor studies at CUNY’s Murphy Institute, is the third member of the GC faculty to serve as president of the ASA.


Sociology Student Brenda Gambol Interviewed on WBAI

April 3o, 2014

Brenda Gambol was recently interviewed on Adem Carroll’s WBAI program, “The War on Immigrants Report” about her research on intermarried Filipino Americans in New York City. Find her interview here.


GC Professors Join NAS Panel on Integration of Immigrants

March 20, 2014

Distinguished professors Richard Alba (GC) and Nancy Foner (Hunter) of the Ph.D. Program in Sociology have been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences panel on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society.

The aim of the project is to facilitate a more informed discussion of the issues surrounding current immigration in the United States. The committee will summarize what we know about how immigrants are integrating into American society, discuss the implications of this knowledge for various pollcy options, and identify any important gaps in our current knowledge and data availability. The study will be completed over a two-year period, and the final product will be a published report.


[Featured Media] Experts from the Graduate Center Discuss National Immigration Reform 

April, 2013

The Graduate Center at CUNY assembled a few of its leading immigration specialists to discuss national immigration reform.  Experts in this clip include Drs. Sujatha Fernandes, Nancy Foner, John Mollenkopf, Philip Kasinitz, and Richard Alba


Pyong Gap Min Received Two Awards at the ASA Annual Meeting

September, 2012

Dr. Pyong Gap Min, Director of the Research Center for Korean Community and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, received two awards for his scholarly contributions in the field of immigration at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting, held between August 17 to 21 in Denver, Colorado this year. The first is the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section. The second is second-place Honorable Mention for the Outstanding Book Award contest from the Sociology of Religion Section for Preserving Ethnicity through Religions in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations. He also won the Community Service Award from the The Korean American Association of Greater New York.

The Distinguished Career Award from the ASA International Migration Section has been previously awarded to Dr. Nancy Foner (2010) and Dr. Richard Alba (2008), Professors of Sociology at the Graduate Center.


WSJ Covered A Policy Report Titled “Children in Immigrant Families: Essential to America’s Future” by Dr. Donald J. Hernandez 


June 2012

DrDonald J. Hernandez authored a policy report titled Children in Immigrant Families: Essential to America’s Future, on behalf of the Foundation for Child development. The report is the first to compare the well-being of children in immigrant families (one in four children) to children with U.S.-born parents and finds significant gaps in income, education, and health. The Wall Street Journal covered the report.  Dr. Hernadez’s findings are highlighted here.


[Featured Media] Dr. Philip Kasinitz: “Immigration, Demographic Change, and Racial Justice”

February, 2012

Philip Kasinitz, professor of sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, was interviewed by the executive director of the Vera Institute of Justice, Michael Jacobson, about his research on immigrants and their children. Drawing on data from a major study of the children of immigrants in New York, Professor Kasinitz discussed the implications of growing diversity for social policy as well as for strategies to promote racial equality. This interview and podcast is part of the Vera Institute’s 2011-2012 Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.


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