Class, Race, and Ethnicity

The Class, Race, and Ethnicity concentration promotes research and coursework designed to examine the past and present surge of economic and social inequality within the United States and other advanced capitalist societies. Faculty expertise generally falls into three specific stands: (1) The study of class inequality and social stratification, including beliefs about inequality; (2) Analysis of racial and ethnic boundaries, shifting patterns of racial identification, and emerging forms of racism; and (3) Examination of the immigrant experience and immigrant communities, with particular emphasis on the integration of contemporary immigrants from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Students interested in this concentration take a foundation course in Class, Race, and Ethnicity, and two electives in preparation for a comprehensive exam in any of the following three areas: Race and Ethnic Relations, Immigration, or Class and Stratification. Faculty members maintain readings lists in each area. Two-thirds of the readings constituting students’ final lists should come from the faculty-generated sets of readings. The other one-third can be chosen by the student (in consultation with his/her committee).

Affiliated Sociology faculty

Mindelyn Buford II
Silvia Dominguez
Shelley Kimelberg
Alisa Lincoln
Michael Handel
Matthew Hunt
Ramiro Martinez
Steven Vallas

Foundation course

Class, Race, and Ethnicity

Sample electives

SOCL 7227 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCL 7263 Social Psychology of Stratification
SOCL 7252 Social Stratification
SOCL 7270 Sociology of Work and Employment
SOCL 7243 Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCL 7264 Urban Poverty and Social Policy
Sociology of Privilege
Race, Ethnicity and Violence
Sociology of Immigration

Affiliated Centers

Institute for Race and Justice

Since its founding in 2001, the Institute on Race and Justice has strived to fulfill its mission of utilizing strategic social science research methodologies and community, practitioner, and government collaboration to assist in the development of policy changes that advance the cause of social justice. The organizational structure of the Institute, in which members of the leadership and staff have frequent interaction with the Steering Committee and the Community Advisory Board, is designed to reflect its commitment to interdisciplinary work and community-based problem-solving. The Institute’s affiliated faculty members help broaden the scope of interdisciplinary race and justice scholarship around the Northeastern campus. The Institute is also incredibly grateful for its internal and external sponsors, who provide the support necessary to help the Institute achieve its race and justice research goals.