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, done research on nursing home workers, and written widely on immigration to New York City. She is particularly interested in the comparative study of immigration - comparing immigration today with earlier periods in the United States, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities, and immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe.
Nancy Foner is the author or editor of sixteen books, including From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration (Yale University Press, 2000, winner of the 2000 Theodore Saloutos Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society); In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration (New York University 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 International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association); Across Generations: Immigrant Families in America (New York University Press, 2009); Islands in the City: West Indian Migration to New York (University of California Press, 2001); and Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (edited with Ruben Rumbaut and Steven Gold, Russell Sage Foundation, 2000)..
She is editor of the forthcoming book, One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, 2013), a collection of original essays that provides an in-depth and up-to-date look at immigrant New York after nearly half a century of massive inflows, and co-editor of New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape (New York University Press), a comparison of the impact of immigration in these two global cities. Foner is also the author of more than 90 articles and book chapters.
Among her other activities, Foner is a member of the Russell Sage Foundation Immigration Research Advisory Committee, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island History Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Group of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. She has testified on immigration issues before several Congressional committees and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals, including International Migration Review, Global Networks, and the Journal of American Ethnic History. She has been chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, and is past president of the Society for the Anthropology of Work as well as the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology. In 2010, she received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, and in 2011 she was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.