Research My work integrates the study of race with the study of immigration by examining settlement and discrimination related challenges faced by Middle Eastern-heritage immigrants in North America.
Pluralist methodological training and experience shapes my research program: I use ethnography, interviews, surveys, and experimental methods.
I engage with theories of assimilation and racialization by empirically documenting and analyzing the paradoxical reception of Middle Eastern migrants as welcome-compatible/unwelcome-incompatible in the Canadian and American polity.
My first major project, on Iranians and race in the U.S., has yielded 3 sole-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and a sole-authored book, published September 2017 with Stanford University Press.
I have two projects on-the-go that extend my research on race and immigration into new areas:
Principal Investigator on a newly-funded five-year longitudinal study of integration-related stress among Syrian refugee newcomers to Toronto (with co-investigators, Drs. Melissa Milkie and Ito Peng, and a team of 4 graduate and 6 undergraduate students);
An experimental survey gauging racial/ethnic boundaries in the U.S. (with Ariela Schachter and René Flores).
Taken as a whole, my research program directly addresses policy efforts meant to create more inclusive, healthy, and just societies.
Teaching At UofT, I teach an MA/PhD seminar on the Soc of Race (Summer 2018); a 3rd-year undergrad course on Soc of Migration and a 2nd-year undergrad course on research design (Winter 2018).
Background My MA/PhD (2012) is in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and my BA (2004) is in Sociology from Smith College, where I helped recruit the largest cohort of Pell Grant recipients of any liberal arts college in the U.S. (2004-6) after graduation as a member of the Multicultural Recruitment Team. Before UofT, I was a Center for Faculty Diversity (CFD) Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-3).
I live in Toronto with my partner, Clayton Childress (also a sociologist!), and our 4-year-old daughter.