Dr. Sofya Aptekar

Dr. Sofya Aptekar


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Sofya Aptekar is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MMG. She is studying super-diversity in public spaces in a neighborhood in Queens, New York.  She holds a PhD in sociology from Princeton University, where she studied sociology of culture, immigration, and demography.  Sofya is finishing her first book, The Road to Citizenship: What Naturalization Means for Immigrants and the United States.  She has also taught at Rutgers University, Queens College, and Brooklyn College.


Refereed Journal Articles

[2013] ‘Citizenship Status and Patterns of Inequality in the United States and Canada.’ Social Science Quarterly. doi: 10.1111/ssqu.12018    Link

[2012] ‘Immigration and customs enforcement.’ In P. Hayes (Ed.), The making of modern immigration: an encyclopedia of people and ideas (pp. 305-320). Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO.   Link

[2012] ‘Naturalization ceremonies and the role of immigrants in the American Nation.’ Citizenship Studies 16(7):937-952.  Link

[2009] ‘Contexts of Exit in the Migration of Russian Speakers from the Baltic Countries to Ireland.’ Ethnicities 9(4):507-526.

[2009] ‘Organizational Life and Political Incorporation of Two Asian Immigrant Groups: A Case Study.’ Ethnic and Racial Studies 32(9):1511-1533.

Book Chapters

[Forthcoming] Immigration, Gentrification, and Neighborhood Change in Astoria. In Immigrant Crossroads: Globalization, Incorporation, and Place-Making in Queens, NY, edited by Tarry Hum and Ron Hayduk.

[2008] ‘Highly-Skilled but Unwelcome in Politics: Asian Indians and Chinese in a New Jersey Suburb.’ In Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations, and Political Engagement, edited by S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Irene Bloemraad. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press.

[2007] (with Katherine Newman)  ‘Sticking Around: Delayed Departure from the Parental Nest in Western Europe and Japan.’ In The Price of Independence: The Economics of the Transition to Adulthood, edited by Sheldon Danziger and Cecilia Rouse. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press.