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 extensively 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 and immigrants in the United States and Europe.
Nancy Foner is the author or editor of eighteen books --- among them, 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 (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 International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association); One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, 2013); New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape (edited with Jan Rath, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Rogier van Reekum, NYU Press, 2014); and Islands in the City: West Indian Migration to New York (University of California Press, 2001).
Her most recent books are Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe (co-authored with Richard Alba, Princeton University Press, 2015) and Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity: Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe (edited with Patrick Simon, Russell Sage Foundation, 2015). 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, the Russell Sage Foundation immigration research advisory committee, and the advisory group at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. More recently, she was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society. She was elected president of the Eastern Sociological Society (2014-15), and before that, 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.