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Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (SREM)

From time to time the section receives information that may be of special interest to its members. We will post that information here for your convenience.



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Founder's Award for Scholarship and Service

Joe Feagin (Texas A&M)


Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award

Victor M. Rios, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU 2011).


John Arena, Driven from New Orleans: How Nonprofits Betray Public Housing and Promote Privatization (Minnesota 2012).


Oliver Cromwell Cox Article Award

Matthew Desmond. 2012. "Eviction and the Reproduction of Urban Poverty." American Journal of Sociology 118(1): 88-133.


James E. Blackwell Graduate Student Paper Award

S. Michael Gaddis (UNC-Chapel Hill). “Discrimination in the Credential Society: An Audit Study of Race and College Selectivity in the Labor Market.”


Honorable Mention: Abigail Andrews (UC-Berkeley). “States of ‘Illegality’: How Local Immigration Regimes Shape Migrants’ Agency.”


Joe R. Feagin Award for Best Undergraduate Paper

Kristen Lee and Simon Ho (Duke University). "The Pretty White Lies of Asian America: Racialized Love at an Elite University."


Distinguished Early Career Award

Offered Every Other Year



SREM Ad-Hoc Mentoring Committee

The SREM ad-hoc mentoring committee has identified several needs among our membership and we have developed a blog to begin to address some of those needs.

Please check out our new SREM Mentoring blog: and the About page:

This blog will serve three primary purposes:

  1. Information: An online hub for information for SREM members related to professional success.
  2. Questions: You will be able to ask questions on this blog and a volunteer will answer them.
  3. Safe Space: SREM will host a safe space where you can discuss issues with fellow sociologists who also research and teach in your area.

Call for Posts

We still have several topics that we are seeking posts for. Those topics are identified on this blog page:

They also are listed below:

  • How to secure funding for research
  • How to plan large research projects
  • How to network at conferences
  • How to deal with stress
  • How to publish articles
  • How to promote your work

We are looking for 500 to 1000 word blog posts with links to outside information to be posted on the SREM-Mentoring blog. Please contact Tanya Golash-Boza (SREM Chair) at if you are interested in volunteering a post.

Call for Questions

If you are a member of SREM and have a question, you can submit your question and we will do our best to find a mentor to answer your question.

Here's how it works: You send an email to our Mentor/Mentee co-ordinator with a specific question or request. Our Mentor/Mentee co-ordinator finds a volunteer to answer your question or fill your request. The volunteer contacts you and helps you out.

Let's say you would like help finding a funding source for a qualitative research project. You would send an email to our Mentor/Mentee co-ordinator that explains your request. Alternatively, you might need help responding to a request for a Revise and Resubmit. Or, perhaps you need advice on formulating a tenure statement. You might be having trouble coming up with a dissertation topic or be stuck in terms of studying for your comprehensive exams. Whatever your issue is, we can help you find a mentor to resolve it.

If you would like to use this service, please send an email to: Be sure to include "Mentoring Request" in the subject line. Otherwise, your email may never be read! We will try and keep the process as anonymous as possible. The only people who will know who you are are the Mentoring/Mentee co-ordinator and the volunteer mentor. You can also make specific requests, such as "I don't want a mentor who works at my institution."

Please submit  mentoring requests  to our amazing team of mentors.



Alba, Richard, Tomás R. Jiménez, and Helen B. Marrow. Forthcoming (October 2013). “Mexican Americans as a Paradigm for Contemporary Intra-Group Heterogeneity.” Ethnic & Racial Studies. Published online first doi:10.1080/01419870.2013.786111. 


Cardell K. Jacobson and Darron T. Smith, 2013. “Emotion Work in Black and White: Transracial Adoption and Process of Racial Socialization.” Pp. 43-75 in Patricia Neff Claster and Sampson Lee Blair (eds.), Visions of the 21st Structures and Identities. Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research. Emerald Group Publishing. 


Cardell K. Jacobson, 2014. “Healthcare Statistics: United States Healthcare Disparities in Access and Treatment.” Pp. 1-14 in Darron T. Smith and Tasha E. Sabino (eds.) The Impact of Social Factors on Health: A Critical Reader for the Physician Assistant. Cognella Academic Publishing.


Croll, Paul R. 2013. “Explanations for Racial Disadvantage and Racial Advantage: Beliefs about Both Sides of Inequality in America.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 36(1): 47-74. 


Embrick, David G. and Kasey Henricks. 2013. “Discursive Colorlines at Work: How Epithets and Stereotypes are Racially Unequal.” Symbolic Interaction 36(2):197-215. 


Ghoshal, Raj. 2013. "Transforming Collective Memory: Mnemonic Opportunity Structures and the Outcomes of Racial Violence Memory Movements." Theory and Society 42(4): 329-350.


Hall, Suzanne M. (2013) "The politics of belonging, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Special Issue on Settling Differences in a Land of Strangers," 20(1), pp. 46-53. 


Henricks, Kasey. Forthcoming. “Who Plays? Who Pays?: Education Finance Policy that Supplants Tax Burdens along Lines of Race and Class.” Race Ethnicity and Education.


Henricks, Kasey, Bill Byrnes, and Victoria Brockett. 2013. “Celebrating a Return to Jim Crow?: A Reflexive Analysis and Methodological Query on Measuring Segregation.” Critical Sociology doi:10.1177/0896920512471835: 1-21. 


Kim, Nadia Y. 2013. “Citizenship on the Margins: A Critique of Scholarship on Marginalized Women and Community Activism.” Sociology Compass 7(6):459-70 (June). 


Marrow, Helen B. 2013. “In Ireland „Latin Americans are Kind of Cool?: Evaluating a National Context of Reception with a Transnational Lens.” Ethnicities 13(5): 645-66. 


Marrow, Helen B. 2013. “Assimilation in New Destinations.” Dædalus: The Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Special Themed Issue entitled “Immigration and the Future of America,” edited by Douglas S. Massey) 142(3): 107-22. 


Marrow, Helen B. 2013. “Undocumented Residents in the United States.” In Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, edited by Immanuel Ness. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. 


Marrow, Helen B. 2013. “Immigration Reform: Four Reasons a Path to Citizenship is a No Brainer.” Raleigh News and Observer, July 10. 


Marrow, Helen B. and Tomás R. Jiménez. 2013. “Mexican American Mobility: Assimilation Fears Should Not Hinder Immigration Reform.” Los Angeles Times, July 2. 


Raj Ghoshal, Cameron Lippard, Vanesa Ribas, and Ken Muir's piece, "Beyond Bigotry: Teaching about Unconscious Prejudice" was published in Teaching Sociology in April 2013 [41(2): 130-143].


Ray, Manashi. 2013. "The Global Circulation of Skill and Capital - Pathways of return migration of Indian Entrepreneurs from the United States to India", in Diaspora Engagement and Development in South Asia, eds. Tan Tai Yong and Md Mizanur Rahman, Palgrave Macmillan. 


Roth, Wendy and Nadia Kim. 2013. “Relocating Prejudice: A Transnational Approach to Understanding Immigrants? Racial Attitudes." International Migration Review 47(2):330-73. 


Richards, Bedelia Nicola (2013): “Ethnic identity on display: West Indian youth and the creation of ethnic boundaries in high school,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI:10.1080/01419870.2012.748212


Sun, Ken Chih-Yan. 2013. “Rethinking Migrant Families From a Transnational Perspective: Experiences of Parents and Their Children.” Sociology Compass 7(6): 445-458. 


Sun, Ken Chih-Yan and Wendy Cadge. 2013. “How Do Organizations Respond to New Immigrants? Comparing Two New England Cities.” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 11(2): 157-177.



Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap. University of Minnesota Press, 2013 By: Gilda L Ochoa 

Today the achievement gap is hotly debated among pundits, politicians, and educators. In particular this conversation often focuses on the two fastest-growing demographic groups in the United States: Asian Americans and Latinos. Academic Profiling examines this so-called gap by going directly to the source. candid and at times heart-wrenching detail, the students tell stories of encouragement and neglect on their paths to graduation. Separated by unequal middle schools and curriculum tracking, they are divided by race, class, and gender. While those channeled into an International Baccalaureate Program boast about Socratic classes and stress-release sessions, students left out of such programs commonly describe uninspired teaching and inaccessible counseling. Students unequally labeled encounter differential policing and assumptions based on their abilities—disparities compounded by the growth in the private tutoring industry that favors the already economically privileged.



Race and Immigration. Polity, 2013. By: Nazli Kibria , Cara Bowman and Megan O'Leary 

Immigration has long shaped US society in fundamental ways. With Latinos recently surpassing African Americans as the largest minority group in the US, attention has been focused on the important implications of immigration for the character and role of race in US life, including patterns of racial inequality and racial identity. This insightful new book offers a fresh perspective on immigration and its part in shaping the racial landscape of the US today. Moving away from one-dimensional views of this relationship, it emphasizes the dynamic and mutually formative interactions of race and immigration. Drawing on a wide range of studies, it explores key aspects of the immigrant experience, such as the history of immigration laws, the formation of immigrant occupational niches, and developments of immigrant identity and community. Specific topics covered include: the perceived crisis of unauthorized immigration; the growth of an immigrant rights movement; the role of immigrant labor in the elder care industry; the racial strategies of professional immigrants; and the formation of pan-ethnic Latino identities.



Stranger and Neighbors: Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Community in America. Cambridge University Press, 2013. By: Andrea M. Voyer

"The empirical object of Strangers and Neighbors is the 'diversity trouble' that arose in a small New England town when an influx of Somali immigrants substantially altered its cultural and racial fabric. But its underlying theoretical object is the larger picture of challenges facing all Americans in an age of growing ethnic diversity. This thoughtful and beautifully written work will speak powerfully to race scholars, students of immigration, cultural sociologists, and specialists in urban studies. But its penetrating insights into the complexities and ambiguities of multiculturalism also will contribute importantly to our broader public debate regarding what incorporation means and how best to achieve it." --Mustafa Emirbayer, University of Wisconsin at Madison.



Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration. Russell Sage Foundation, 2013 By: Catherine Lee 

Drawing from a rich set of archival sources, Fictive Kinship shows that even the most draconian anti-immigrant laws, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, contained provisions for family unity, albeit for a limited class of immigrants. Arguments for uniting families separated by World War II and the Korean War also shaped immigration debates and the policies that led to the landmark 1965 Immigration Act. Lee argues that debating the contours of family offers a ready set of symbols and meanings to frame national identity and to define who counts as “one of us.” Talk about family, however, does not inevitably lead to more liberal immigration policies. Fictive Kinship shows that the centrality of family unity in the immigration discourse often limits the discussion about the goals, functions and roles of immigration and prevents a broader definition of American identity.



Cabin Pressure: African American Pilots, Flight Attendants, and Emotional Labor. Rowman & Littlefield. 2013 By: Louwanda Evans

From African American pilots being asked to carry people's luggage to patrons refusing drinks from African American flight attendants, Cabin Pressure demonstrates that racism is still very much alive in the friendly skies. Author Louwanda Evans draws on provocative interviews with African Americans in the flight industry to examine the emotional labor involved in a business that offers occupational prestige, but also a history of the systemic exclusion of people of color.



The Wrong Kind of Different: Challenging the Meaning of Diversity in American Classrooms. Teachers College Press. 2013 By: Antonia Randolph

How can multiculturalism go wrong? Through extensive interviews conducted in a large Midwestern district, Antonia Randolph explores how teachers perceive students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and the unintended consequences of a kind of colorblind multiculturalism. She unearths a hierarchy of acceptance and legitimacy that excludes most poor Black students and favors certain immigrant minorities. In addition, Randolph discovers how some teachers distinguish their support for certain forms of student diversity from curriculum diversity, such as accommodating bilingual education, which they find burdensome.