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Nancy Foner

Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, received her B.A. from Brandeis University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her main area of interest is immigration. She has studied Jamaicans in their home society as well as in New York and London and written extensively on immigration to New York City, past and present. She is particularly interested in the comparative study of immigration - comparing immigration today with earlier periods in the United States and immigrants in the United States and Europe. 

Nancy Foner is the author or editor of eighteen books --- including From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration (Yale University Press, 2000, Theodore Saloutos Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society); In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration (NYU Press, 2005, Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2006); Not Just Black and White: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States (edited with George Fredrickson, Russell Sage Foundation, 2004, Honorable Mention, Thomas and Znaniecki Distinguished Book Award of the ASA International Migration Section); One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the  Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, 2013); and New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape (edited with Jan Rath, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Rogier van Reekum, NYU Press, 2014). 

Her most recent book is Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe (co-authored with Richard Alba, Princeton University Press, 2015, Honorable Mention, Distinguished Book Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association and Honorable Mention, Thomas and Znaniecki Distinguished Book Award of the ASA International Migration Section).  Foner is also the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Among her other activities, she was, for many years, a member of the Social Science Research Council Committee on International Migration and the Russell Sage Foundation Immigration Research Advisory Committee.  More recently, she was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society. A former president of the Eastern Sociological Society (2014-15), she was also chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association as well as president of the Society for the Anthropology of Work and the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology. 

Her work has been honored in many ways. In 2010, she received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, and in 2016, the inaugural Senior Scholar Award from the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology. In 2011, she was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded the Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin for fall 2017 and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for 2017-18.


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Faculty Publications

Across Generations
Building Popular Power
Fighting To Learn
High Profile Crimes
New York and Amsterdam
One Out of These
Opting Out
Questioning The Veil
Sadomasochism In Everyday Life
Seeing The Light
Sewing Women
Strangers No More
The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis
Torture Twilight of Empire
Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media
A Dream Denied
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era
Foucault's Orient
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