Immigration and Ethnicity

Director: Michael J. White
Research Theme: Population Structures in the Urban Environment
Funding: NICHD, NSF


White's longtime research on immigrant adaptation led to the publication (with Jennifer E. Glick) of Achieving Anew: How New Immigrants Do in American Schools, Jobs, and Neighborhoods (Russell Sage Foundation, 2009), which was awarded the 2010 Otis Dudley Duncan (Book) Prize from the Population Section of the American Sociological Association. 

White is currently extending this research on immigrant assimilation, working with longitudinal data with more focus on contextual conditions, such as school and community environment, that promote or retard successful achievement in the American setting.

In a related strand of work he investigates ethnic residential patterns in cities. Recent findings linking that subject to the discussion of clustering by “panethnicity” are found in a recently published American Journal of Sociology article. White shows that there is substantial segregation along panethnic lines net of other racial and ethnic groupings, but that these effects are nuanced with substantial ethnic segregation within panethnic neighborhoods and differences by racial grouping and by time since arrival by immigrants. White continues to work on new methods for analyzing residential segregation, developing approaches that can reflect the increasing ethnic diversity of contemporary American urban areas.