PhD, Harvard University
Distinguished Professor,
Sociology Department
University of California, Los Angeles



ROGER WALDINGER                                                           

Department of Sociology                                                    


Haines Hall 264                                                                                     

Los Angeles, CA 90095                                           

phone: 310-206-9233                                                                         

fax: 310-206-9838





Brown University, B.A. (Honors in History, magna cum laude), 1974.

Harvard University, Ph.D. (Sociology), 1983.

Academic Employment:


Chair, Department of Sociology, UCLA, 1999-2004

Director, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, UCLA, 1995-1998

Professor, Department of Sociology, UCLA, 1990-present

Assistant to Professor, Department of Sociology, The City College-City University of New York, 1983-1991

Appointment to Graduate Faculty in Sociology, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, 1987.



How the Other Half Works: Immigration and the Social Organization of Labor, (with Michael Lichter), Chapter 1, University of California Press 2003.

Strangers at the Gates: New Immigrants in Urban America, Chapter 1, UC Press 2001.

Still the Promised City? New Immigrants and African-Americans in Post-Industrial New York, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Chapter 5 reprinted as "Who Gets the Lousy Jobs," in Peter Kivisto and Georganne Rundblad, eds., Multiculturalism in the United States, Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 2000.

Chapter 9 reprinted as "The New Urban Reality" in Norman Yetman, ed., Majority and Minority: The Dynamics of Race and Ethnicity in American Life, sixth edition (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999); as “Beyond Black and White,” in Harry Goulbourne, ed., Race and Ethnicity: Critical Concepts in Sociology, London: Routledge, 2001.

Portions of Chapter 1 reprinted as "Still the Promised City? New Immigrants and African-Americans in Post-Industrial New York," in David Grusky, ed., Social Stratification: Race, Class, and Gender in Sociological Perspective, Boulder, Colo: Westview, 2001.

Ethnic Los Angeles, edited with Mehdi Bozorgmehr, New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 1996.

Through the Eye of the Needle: Immigrants and Enterprise in New York's Garment Trades (New York University Press, 1986; paper, 1989).

Ethnic Entrepreneurs: Immigrant Business in Industrial Society (with Howard Aldrich, Robin Ward, and associates; Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1990).

Chapter 1 reprinted as "Ethnic Entrepreneurs," in Richard Swedberg, ed., Entrepreneurship, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 356-388.


Guest Editor, Special New York/London issue of New Community, V. 14, 1, 1988.



"Between 'here' and 'there': Immigrant cross-border activities and loyalties," International Migration Review, Vol. 42 No. 1 Spring 2008.


"Conflict and Contestation in the Cross-Border Community: Hometown Associations Re-assessed,” (co-authored with Eric Popkin and Hector Aquiles Magana), Ethnic and Racial Studies, forthcoming.


“The Bounded Community: Turning Foreigners into Americans in 21st Century Los Angeles,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, V. 30, 7 (2007): 341-374.

“Bad jobs, good jobs, no jobs? The employment experience of the “new” second generation,” (with Nelson Lim and David Cort), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, V. 33, 1 (2007): 1-35.

“Did Manufacturing Matter? The experience of yesterday’s second generation: a reassessment”, International Migration Review, V. 41, 1 (Spring 2007): 3-39.


“Strangeness at the Gates: The Peculiar Politics of Immigration,” (co-authored with Nazgol Ghandnoosh) International Migration Review, V. 40, 3 (2006): 719-734.


Fiddling While the Border Festers: The Dim Prospects for Immigration ReformNew Labor Forum, V. 15, 2 (2006):21-29.


“Le ‘transnationalisme’ des immigrants et presence du passť,” Revue Europeene des Migrations Internationales, V. 22, 2 (2006) : 23-42.

reprinted in : “Immigrant ‘Transnationalism’ and the Presence of the Past,” in Elliott Barkan, et. al., eds. Borders, Boundaries, And Bonds: America And Its Immigrants In Eras Of Globalization, New York: New York University Press, forthcoming.

“Will the new second generation experience ‘downward assimilation’? Segmented assimilation re-assessed,” (with Cynthia Feliciano) Ethnic and Racial Studies, V. 27, 3 (2004):  376-402.

“Transnationalism in Question,” (with David Fitzgerald) American Journal of Sociology, V. 109, 5 (2004): 1177-95

“Temporarily foreign?  The labor market for migrant professionals in high tech at the peak of the boom,” (with Christopher L. Erickson),    Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, V. 24, 3 (2004), 463-86.

“Foreigners Transformed: International Migration and the Making of a Divided People,” Diaspora,  V. 12, 2 (2003): 247-72.

"Perils of the Promised Land," Journal of American Ethnic History, V. 20, 3 (2001): 138-143.

"Not the Promised City? Los Angeles and its Immigrants," Pacific Historical Review, V. 68, 2, 1999, pp. 253-272

"Are the Children of Today's Immigrants Making It?" (with Joel Perlmann), The Public Interest, Number 132, Summer 1998, pp. 73-96.

reprinted in: Stephen Steinberg, edited, Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Issues and Debates, 2000)

"Second Generations: Past, Present, Future" (with Joel Perlmann), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, V. 24, 1, 1998.

in slightly modified form in: Janet Abu-Lughod, edited, Sociology for the Twenty-first Century: Continuities and Cutting Edges, 1999)

"Second Generation Decline? Immigrant Children Past and Present -- A Reconsideration" (with Joel Perlmann), International Migration Review, V. 31, no. 4, 1997.

in slightly modified form in: Charles Hirschman, Philip Kasinitz, Josh De Wind, eds., The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience, 1999)

"Black/Immigrant Competition Re-Assessed: New Evidence from Los Angeles," Sociological Perspectives, V. 40, 2, 1997.

"From Ellis Island to LAX: Immigrant Prospects in the American City," International Migration Review, V. 30, 4, 1996.

"The Other Side of Embeddedness: A Case Study of the Interplay of Economics and Ethnicity," Ethnic and Racial Studies, V. 18, 3 1995.

"Le Debat sur 'Enclave Ethnique", Revue Europeene des Migrations Internationales, V. 9. no. 2, 1993, pp. 15-29.

"The Making of an Immigrant Niche," International Migration Review, V. 28, 1 (1994), pp. 3-30.

"Immigrants' Progress: Ethnic and Gender Differences among U.S. Immigrants in the 1980s" (with Greta Gilbertson), Sociological Perspectives, V. 37, 2 (1993), pp. 431-444.

"The Two Sides of Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Reply to Bonacich," International Migration Review, V. 27, 3, 1993, pp. 692-701.

"The Ethnic Enclave Debate Revisited," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, V. 17, 3, 1993: 428-436.

reprinted in: T.M. Shapiro, ed., Great Divides: Reading in Social Inequality in the United States, Mayfield Publishing Company, 2000: 287-94.

"Back to the Sweatshop or Ahead to the Informal Sector?" (with Michael Lapp), International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, V. 17, 1, 1993, pp. 6-29.

"Divergent Diasporas: The Chinese Communities of New York and Los Angeles Compared," (with Yenfen Tseng), Revue Europeene des Migrations Internationales, V. 8, 3, 1992: 91-116.

"La politique de developpment des entreprises issues des minorites aux Etats-Unis: etude critique", Revue Europeene des Migrations Internationales, V. 8, 1 (1992): 139-153.

"Taking Care of the Guests: The Impact of Immigrants on Services -- An Industry Case Study," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, V. 16, 1, (March) 1992.

"Primary, Secondary, and Enclave Labor Markets: A Training Systems Approach," (with Thomas Bailey), American Sociological Review, V. 56, 4 (August) 1991: 432-445.

"The Continuing Significance of Race: Racial Conflict and Racial Discrimination in Construction," (with Thomas Bailey), Politics and Society, V. 19, 3 (1991): 291-323.

"Re-slicing the Big Apple: New Immigrants and African Americans in the New York Economy," (with Thomas Bailey), Policy Studies Review, V 11,2, 1992: 87-96.

"Why Immigrants Stay in Fashion," (with Michael Lapp), Policy Studies Review, V 11, 2, 1992: 97-105.

"Ethnicity and Entrepreneurship" (with Howard Aldrich), Annual Review of Sociology, V. 16, 1990.

reprinted in: Dieter Boegenhold, ed., Moderne Amerikanische Soziologie, Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius, 2000: 243-78.

"Immigration and Urban Change," Annual Review of Sociology, V. 15, 1989, pp. 211-232.

"Structural Opportunity and Ethnic Advantage. Immigrant Business in New York," International Migration Review, V. 23, 1, 1989.

"Immigrants, Minorities and the Paradoxes of Plenty," Revue Francaise d'Etudes Americaines, July 1989, no. 41.

"Ethnic Minorities in New York and London" (with Robin Ward), New Community, V. 14, 1, 1988.

"The Ethnic Division of Labor Transformed: Native Minorities and New Immigrants in Post-Industrial New York," New Community, V. 14, 1, 1988.

"Changing Ladders and Musical Chairs: Ethnicity and Opportunity in Post-Industrial New York," Politics and Society, V. 15, 4, 1986-7

reprinted in: Norman Yetman, ed. Majority and Minority: Dynamics of Race and Ethnicity in American Life, Boston: Allyn and Bacon, fifth edition, 1991.

"Minorities and Immigrants - Struggle in the Job Market," Dissent, Fall 1987

reprinted in: Jim Sleeper, ed., In Search Of New York, New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books.

"Beyond Nostalgia: The Old Neighborhood Revisited," New York Affairs, V. 10, 1, 1987.

"Immigrant Enterprise: A Critique and Reformulation," Theory and Society, V. 15, 1, 1986.

"Minority Business Development in Industrial Society," European Studies Newsletter (with Howard Aldrich and Robin Ward), March 1985.

"Ethnic Business and Occupational Mobility in Advanced Societies: A Trend Report" (with Howard Aldrich and Robin Ward) Sociology, V. 19, 4, 1985.

"The Youth Employment Problem in the World City" (with Thomas Bailey) Social Policy, V. 16, 1, 1985.

"Immigrant Enterprise in the New York Garment Industry," Social Problems, V. 32, 1, 1984.

"Is There a Skills Mismatch?" (with Thomas Bailey) New York Affairs, V. 8, 3, 1984.

"The Economic and Occupational Integration of the New Immigrants," Law and Contemporary Problems, V. 45, 2, 1982.

Book Chapters

"Today's Second Generation: Getting Ahead or Falling Behind?," (with Renee Reichl), in Michael Fix, ed. Securing the Future: US Immigrant Integration Policy, A Reader, Washington, D.C.: Migration Policy Institute, 2007, 17-41.

“Transforming Foreigners into Americans,” Pp. 137-48 in Mary Waters and Reed Ueda, eds., The New Americans, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007. 

“The 21st Century: An Entirely New Story,” in Tamar Jacoby, ed., Reinventing the Melting Pot: Will Today's Immigrants Become Americans?, New York: Basic, 2003, pp. 75-85.

“The Sociology of Immigration: Second Thoughts and Reconsiderations,” in Host Societies and the Reception of Immigrants, edited by Jeffrey G. Reitz. San Diego: Center for Comparative Immigration Research, 2003, pp. 21-43. 

Networks and Niches: The Continuing Significance of Ethnic Connections” in Glenn Loury, Tariq Modood and Steven Teles, Race, Ethnicity and Social Mobility in the US and UK, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 343-362.

“Migrants and Urban Labour Markets in Europe and North America” (with Malcolm Cross), in Migrants, Minorities and Urban Transformations in Comparative Perspective, edited by Malcolm Cross and Robert Moore, London: Macmillan, 2002. 

“Producing Conflict: Immigration and the Management of Diversity in the Multiethnic Metropolis,” (with Michael Lichter) in John Skrentny, ed., Color Lines: Affirmative Action, Immigration, and Civil Rights Options for America, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

"Immigrant Workers and American Labor: Challenge….or Disaster?" (with Claudia Der-Martirosian), in Ruth Milkman, ed., Organizing Immigrants: The Challenge for Unions in Contemporary California, Ithaca, NY: ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2000, pp. 49-80.

“The Economic Theory of Ethnic Conflict:  A Review and Reformulation,”  in Jan Rath, ed., pp. 124-141 in: Jan Rath (ed.), Immigrant Businesses: The Economic, Political and Social Environment (Migration, Minorities and Citizenship Series) Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan Press, 2000

"Economic Integration and Labour Market change" (with Malcolm Cross), in Jan Hjarno, ed., From Metropolis to Cosmopolis, South Jutland University Press, 1999, pp 29-93.

"Los Angeles," in Jan Hjarno, ed., From Metropolis to Cosmopolis, South Jutland University Press, 1999, pp 263-289.

"Immigration and the American City," in Ida Simon-Barouh and Veronique De Rudder, Migrations internationales and relations interethniques: Recherche, politique, et societe, Paris, Harmattan, 1999, pp. 190-233.

"Network, Bureaucracy, Exclusion: Recruitment and Selection in an Immigrant Metropolis," in Frank Bean and Stephanie Bell-Rose, ed., Immigration and Opportunity: Race, Ethnicity, and Employment in the United States, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1999, pp. 228-259.

"Helots No More -- A Case Study of the Justice for Janitors Campaign" (first author with Chris Erickson, Ruth Milkman, Daniel J.B. Mitchell, Abel Valenzuela, Kent Wong, and Maurice Zeitlin), in Kate Bronfenbrenner, et. al., eds. Organizing to Win, Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1997; abridged version as "Justice for Janitors," Dissent, Winter 1997, pp. 37-44.

"The Economic Theory of Ethnic Conflict: A Review and Reformulation," in Jan Rath, ed., pp. 124-141 in: Jan Rath (ed.), Immigrant Businesses: The Economic, Political and Social Environment (Migration, Minorities and Citizenship Series) Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan Press, 2000

"Immigrant Integration in the PostIndustrial Metropolis: A View from the United States," Proceedings, First International Metropolis Conference, Iniziative e lo Studio sulla Multietnicita, Milan, 1997, pp. 34-47.

"California's Immigration," in Xandra Kayden, ed., California Policy Options 1997, Los Angeles: UCLA Policy Forum and the UCLA Business Forecasting Project, pp. 95-116.

"Immigration", A chapter for the Calhoun/Ritzer Primis database series Perspectives, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997.

"Introduction" (co-authored with Mehdi Bozorgmehr), in Roger Waldinger and Mehdi Bozorgmehr, eds., Ethnic Los Angeles, Russell Sage Foundation Press.

"White Ethnics and Anglos" (co-authored with Michael Lichter), in Roger Waldinger and Mehdi Bozorgmehr, eds., Ethnic Los Angeles, Russell Sage Foundation Press.

"Conclusion: Ethnicity and Opportunity in the Plural City,” in Roger Waldinger and Mehdi Bozorgmehr, eds., Ethnic Los Angeles, Russell Sage Foundation Press.

Reprinted in Marcelo Suarez-Orosco et. al, eds. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration, New York: Routledge, 2001.

"Who Makes the Beds? Who Washes the Dishes? Black/Immigrant Competition Reassessed," in Harriet Orcutt Duleep and Phanindra V. Wunnava, eds., Immigrants and Immigration Policy: Individual Skills, Family Ties, and Group Identities, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1996, pp. 265-88.

"The New Immigrants," (co-authored with Thomas Bailey), in Eli Ginzberg, ed., The Changing U.S. Labor Market, Boulder, Colo: Westview Press, 1994.

"Ethnische Gruppen in Konflikt: Iren, Juden, Schwarze, und Koreaner," in Hartmut Hausserman and Walter Siebel, eds., New York - Structuren einer Stadt, Suhrkamp Verlag: 1993.

"Comment: Social Structure and Business Opportunity" in George Peterson and Wayne Vroman, eds., Urban Labor Markets and Job Opportunity, Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press, forthcoming.

"When the Melting Pot Boils Over: The Irish, Jews, Blacks, and Koreans of New York City," in Joe Feagin and Michael P. Smith, eds. The Bubbling Cauldron: The New Political Economy of Race and Ethnicity, University of Minnesota Press, 1995.

"Migrants, Minorities, and the Ethnic Division of Labor," in Michael Harloe, Ian Gordon, and Susan Fainstein, eds. A Tale of Two Cities: London and New York Compared (London: Blackwell, forthcoming).

excerpted and reprinted in, John Allen and Chris Hamnett, A Shrinking World? Global Unevenness and Inequality, Milton Keynes, England: Open University Press, 1995.

"Economic Change and the Ethnic Division of Labor" (with Thomas Bailey), in John Mollenkopf, ed. The Dual City (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1991).

"Le Developpement des entreprises ethniques a New York," Pp. 227-236 in G. Abou Sada, B. Courault, Z Zeroulou, eds. L'Immigration au Tournant, Paris: L'Harmattan, 1991.

"New York-Chinatown: la deuxieme chance de la confection," Pp. 63-70 in Isaac Joseph, ed., Commerces et commercants etrangers dans la ville, Paris: Ministere de l'Equipement, du Logement, des Transports, et de la Mer.

"Immigrant Business in the United States," Chapter 15 in Sharon Zukin and Paul Dimaggio, eds. Structures of Capital (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990).

"Race and Ethnicity," Pp. 50-79 in Charles Brecher and Raymond Horton, eds. Setting Municipal Priorities (New York: New York University Press, 1989).

"New Immigrants, Blacks, and the Economic Restructuring of New York," in Malcolm Cross, ed. Ethnic Minorities and Industrial Change (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1992.)

"Immigrant Enterprise and the Structure of the Labor Market," In Brian Roberts, Duncan Gallie, and Ruth Finnegan, eds., New Approaches to Economic Life (University of Manchester Press, 1985).

"Another Look at the ILGWU: Women, Industry Structure and Patterns of Collective Action," in Ruth Milkman, ed. Women in 20th Century Labor History (Routledge, Kegan and Paul, 1985).

"Immigration and Industrial Change," in Marta Tienda and George Borjas, eds. Hispanics in the U.S. Economy (New York: Academic Press, 1985).

"The Economic and Occupational Integration of the New Immigrants," in Richard Hofstetter, ed. American Immigration Policy (Duke University Press, 1983).

Book reviews

Stephane Dufoix, LEx Diasporas, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2003; International Migration Review, V. 41, 1 (Spring 2007): 284-286.

“Why the poor stay poor,” Review of The Color of Opportunity: Pathways to Family, Welfare, and Work by Haya Stier and Marta Tienda, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001. Civil Rights Journal 6.1 (Wntr 2002): 82(3).

In-Jin Yoon, On My Own: korean Businesses and Race Relations in America, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997, Contemporary Sociology, V. 27 (1998): 356-357.

William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears: the World of the New Urban Poor, New York: Vintage, 1997, The New Democrat, V 8, 6, 1996.

Louise Lamphere, Alex Stepick and Guillermo Grenier, Newcomers in the Workplace: Immigrants and the Restructuring of the U.S. economy, Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1994,  Journal of American Ethnic History, V 15, 4 (1996): 76-68.

Andres Torres, Between Melting Pot and Mosaic: African Americans and Puerto Ricans in the New York Political Economy, Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1995, Journal of American Ethnic History, V 15, 2 (1996): 100-101.

Seymour Martin Lipset and Earl Rabb, Jews and the American Scene, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995, New Community, V 22, 1, p. 174.

Peter Kivisto and Dag Blanck, eds. American Immigrants and their Generations: studies and commentaries on the Hansen thesis after fifty years, Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1990, Ethnic and Racial studies,  V. 16, 737-738

Charles Brecher and Raymond D. Horton, with Robert A. Cropg and Dean Michael Mead, Power Failure: New York City Politics and Policy since 1980, New York Oxford University Press, 1993; Chris McNickle, To be Mayor of New York, New York: Columbia University Press, 1993, Contemporary Sociology, V. 23, 262-263.

Ethnic America, by Thomas Sowell, New York: Basic, 1981, Social Policy, Summer 1982: 57-60.

Major Extra-Mural Grants

Russell Sage Foundation, “Pathways to Political Incorporation: Exploring the Relationship Between “Here” and “There”,  November 2005-March 2006, $34,000.

California Policy Seminar, Ethnic California, $34,269, July 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999

Rosenberg Foundation,  “Organizing Immigrant Workers in Southern California,” 1997-99 $62,124

Ford Foundation, “Immigration and the American City,” 1996-99, $400,000

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, “Studies of Immigrants in the Science and Engineering Complex in California,” 1996-98, $165,108

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar for College Teachers, “Contemporary Immigration to the United States,” $87,582, 1994-95

Russell Sage Foundation, “Ethnic Los Angeles,” 1993-94, $55,000

Andrew Mellon Foundation, “Ethnic Los Angeles,” 1993-94, $55,000

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, “Immigrant and Native Engineers in California,” 1993-95, $99,830

John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, “Immigrants and the Los Angeles Economy,” 1992-94, $124,745


Honorable Mention, 2004 Thomas and Znaniecki Award for the best book (How the Other Half Works), International Migration Section, American Sociological Association

1998 Robert E. Park Award, Urban and Community Sociology Section, American Sociological Assocation, for Still the Promised City?

1997 Thomas and Znaniecki Award for the best book (Ethnic Los Angeles), International Migration Section, American Sociological Association

Urban Politics Best Urban Politics Book 1996 Award (for Still the Promised City?), Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association.

Honorable mention, 1996 book awards competition, Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (for Still the Promised City? African-Americans and New Immigrants in PostIndustrial New York)

Editorial services

Editorial Board, American Sociological Review

Associate Editor, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Correspondant, Revue Europeene des Migrations Internationales