Associate Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia

I am an expert on race and ethnicity, genetics and society, immigration, and multiracial populations. My current research focuses on the impact of taking genetic ancestry tests on people's understanding of race and ethnicity. I have also conducted research on how immigration changes the way that race is understood -- for the immigrants, for the host society, and for those who remain in the countries left behind. My book "Race Migrations: Latinos and the Cultural Transformation of Race" was published by Stanford University Press in 2012. I have received several awards for my scholarship, including the UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship, the Canadian Sociological Association Early Investigator Award, and the American Sociological Association Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia

Education

  • 2006 
    Harvard University, Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Policy
  • 1997 
    Oxford University, Nuffield College, M.Phil. in Sociology
  • 1995 
    Yale University, BA in Sociology

Publications

  • 2018
    Unsettled Identities Amid Settled Classifications? Toward a Sociology of Racial Appraisals, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2018
    Establishing the Denominator: The Challenges of Measuring Multiracial, Hispanic, and Native American Populations, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
  • 2018
    Genetic Options: The Impact of Genetic Ancestry Testing on Ethnic and Racial Identities, American Journal of Sociology
  • 2016
    The Multiple Dimensions of Race, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2012
    Race Migrations: Latinos and the Cultural Transformation of Race, Stanford University Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Genetic Ancestry Testing and the Future of Race
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2013
    Measuring the Diverging Components of Race in Multiracial America
    Role:
    Co-PI
    Funding Source:
    American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline
  • 2009
    Infrastructure Security for Research on the Social Impact of Genetic Ancestry Testing
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • 2008
    Racial Technology: The Social Impact of DNA Ancestry Testing: Test-Taker Study
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association

Honours

UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship, Canadian Sociological Association Early Investigator Award, Isis Duarte Prize, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Scholars Award, Oliver Cromwell Cox Article Award, American Sociological Association Outstanding Dissertation Award