The Advisory Board is composed of scholars from the IUB research community and one external (non-IUB) faculty member who represent the research interests of CRRES affiliates. The Advisory Board is charged with advising the Director and Associate Director; supporting the activities of CRRES staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows; and raising awareness about activities and opportunities at CRRES among the broader research community.
My research interests are in the areas of policing and hate crime. My approach to these topics is broadly interdisciplinary, touching on both political science and law and utilizing qualitative methodology. My first book, Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime (New York University Press 2002) is an ethnography of a police hate crime unit. My newest book is Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing (NYU Press, 2013). I have served as an associate editor of the Law and Society Review, as a trustee of the Law and Society Association, and as a member of the American Political Association's Presidential Taskforce on Political Violence and Terrorism.
My research and teaching interests focus on the African diaspora of the Atlantic world. I am interested in the ways in which people of African descent have created and imagined communities and identities outside of Africa, particularly in the slave and post-emancipation societies of North America and the Caribbean. I primarily write books that draw attention to race relations and some aspect of history in the African diaspora. My book Troubled Ground: A Tale of Murder, Lynching, and Reckoning in the New South (University of Illinois Press, 2010), draws attention to U.S. southern history and mob violence. Presently, I am writing a book about the last phase of the Haitian Revolution, with particular attention to the leadership of Jean Jacques Dessalines.
My research and teaching interests include sociology of education, work and labor market stratification, and immigrant adaptation. I have published research on high school employment and dropout, and my current research investigates Asian employment in ethnic economies in the United States. I also examine high school employment patterns and educational attainments of children of immigrants. More recent publications include a paper entitled “School Co-Ethnicity and Hispanic Parental Involvement” to appear in Social Science Research (2012, volume 41) and “Latino School Concentration and Academic Achievement among Latino Children” to appear in Social Science Quarterly.
I am a sociologist interested in the high school experiences of Latino youth. I am particularly interested in issues of engagement in school. I examine whether Latino youth are being challenged academically and whether they view those challenges as positive or negative experiences. I extend this line of research by exploring whether challenges in the classroom translate to higher levels of academic achievement (i.e. higher grades) among high school students. Most recently, my research captures what Latino students appear to know about getting into college. Some recent publications include an article in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education (2012, volume 11) entitled “Fulfilling educational aspirations: Latino students’ information seeking patters” and a co-authored piece that will appear in the Latino Studies Journal, entitled “Decomposing the differences in time allocation and research output between Latino and non-Latino faculty.”
I write Native-centered histories of the American past. My first book, Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America (Harvard UP, 2010), sought to enhance the visibility of Native people in the broader narratives of both early American and Southern history, while also addressing the construction of race and racism and the global history of slavery. My current project, Great Crossing, explores early U.S. imperialism by focusing on the community of settlers, slaves, and Native people that developed around the first federally-controlled Indian boarding school. I offer a wide range of courses in American history and Native American and Indigenous Studies.
I am interested in the dynamic processes that create inequalities in socioeconomic status, health and mortality. I have published on quantitative methods for studying inequality, the estimation of mortality, and on racial and ethnic disparities in socioeconomic status, health and mortality. My current work includes: 1) analyzing racial inequality using agent-based models, 2) investigating the role of race and gender in academic networks, 3) examining the role of disease prevalence in mortality outcomes, and 4) analyzing racial disparities in attitudes, socioeconomic status and health outcomes. I am currently working on a manuscript which uses agent-based models to answer the question, “how many racists does it take to create and maintain racial inequality?” The book aims to highlight the everyday micro- and macro-mechanisms that fuel the experience of modern racial inequality. A recent publication can be found in the International Migration Review (2010), entitled “Is it Race, Immigrant Status, or Both? An Analysis of Wage Disparities among Men in the United States” (with J.C. Dixon).