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



Selected Works

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  ◙  Transnationalism, Diasporas, “Here-There” Connections
The Debate Over Assimilation
   The Second Generation
  ◙  The Economic Sociology of Immigration
  ◙  Immigration and the City
◙  Immigrant Workers and Labor Unions
  ◙  Ethnic Entrepreneurship
  ◙  Immigration Policy and the Politics of Immigration

Transnationalism, Diasporas, “Here-There” Connections                                               top

Review of Mark Choate, Emigration Nation: the Making of Italy Abroad, Harvard University Press, 2008, Ethnic and Racial Studies, V 33, 8 (2010).

“Beyond Transnationalism: An Alternative Perspective on Immigrants’ Homeland Connections,” in Mark Rosenblum and Daniel Tichenor, eds. Oxford Handbook of International Relations, forthcoming.

“Making the connection: Latino immigrants and their cross-border ties,” (with Thomas Soehl), Ethnic and Racial Studies, V 33, 9 (2010)

“Home Country Farewell: The Withering of Immigrants’ ‘Transnational’ Ties,” Pp. 253-266 in Gerhard Sonnert and Gerald Holton, eds., Helping Young Refugees and Immigrants Succeed: Public Policy, Aid, and Education, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

“Rethinking Transnationalism,” Empiria: Revista de Metología en Ciencias Sociales, No. 19 (2010): 21-38.

“Forward” to Stephane Dufoix, Diasporas, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007.

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

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, 2008: 267-285.

“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,  V 31 (January): 1-28, 2007.

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

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

The Debate Over Assimilation                                                                                            Top

“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.

“The Bounded Community: Turning Foreigners into Americans in 21st Century Los Angeles,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, V 30, 7 (2007)  341-74.

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

The Second Generation                                                                                                       top

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.

“Bad jobs, good jobs, no jobs? The employment experience of the Mexican American 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.

“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.

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

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

The Economic Sociology of Immigration                                                                            Top

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

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.

“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.

“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

“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.

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

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

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

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

Immigration and the City                                                                                                     Top

Strangers at the Gates: New Immigrants in Urban America, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

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

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

“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.

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

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

Immigrant Workers and Labor Unions                                                                               Top

“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.

“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

Ethnic Entrepreneurship                                                                                                      Top

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).

“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.

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

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

Immigration Policy and the Politics of Immigration                                                           Top

Review of Linda Bosniak, The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membership,  International Migration Review, Volume 43, 1 (March 2009): 231-233

"The Border Within: Citizenship Facilitated and Impeded," Contemporary Sociology, V 37, 4 (2008)

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

“Fiddling While the Border Festers: The Dim Prospects for Immigration Reform,” New Labor Forum, V 15, 2 (2006):21-29