Menu Close

Ernesto Castañeda

Associate Professor of Sociology, American University

Ernesto Castañeda is Associate Professor of Sociology at American University in Washington, D.C., where he is the Founding Director of the Immigration Lab, and is affiliated with the Center of Latin American and Latino Studies, the Center on Health Risk and Society, the Metropolitan Policy Center, and the Transatlantic Policy Center.
His analysis has appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, El Paso Times, The Hill, CityLab, U.S. News & World Report, Medium, and NPR. Castañeda is a frequent guest on Telemundo, Univision, and NTN24.
He holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California Berkeley and a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Sorbonne, Sciences Po Paris, Oxford, and the New School for Social Research.
Castañeda is the author of A Place to Call Home: Immigrant Exclusion and Urban Belonging in New York, Paris, and Barcelona (Stanford University Press 2018), winner of the 2019 LeoGrande Award, Building Walls: Excluding Latin People in the United States (Lexington 2019), and with Charles Tilly and Lesley Wood Social Movements 1768-2018 (Routledge 2020); editor of Immigration and Categorical Inequality: Migration to the City and the Birth of Race and Ethnicity (Routledge 2018); and co-editor with Cathy L. Schneider of Collective Violence, Contentious Politics, and Social Change: A Charles Tilly Reader (Routledge 2017).


  • 2020–present
    Associate professor, American University


  • 2010 
    Columbia University, Sociology