Prof. Nancy Foner

Prof. Nancy Foner (City University of New York)

Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her main area of interest is immigration. She has studied Jamaicans in their home society as well as in New York and London, nursing home workers in New York, and has written widely on immigration to New York City.

Nancy Foner is the author or editor of fourteen books, including From Ellis Island to JFK: New York’s Two Great Waves of Immigration (Yale University Press, 2000); In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration (New York University Press, 2005); Not Just Black and White: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States (edited with George Fredrickson, 2004); New Immigrants in New York (Columbia University Press, revised edition, 2001); Islands in the City: West Indian Migration to New York (University of California Press, 2001); and Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (edited with Ruben Rumbaut and Steven Gold, 2000). Her latest book, Across Generations: Immigrant Families in America (New York University Press, 2009), brings together original ethnographic essays on a broad range of groups.

Among her other activities, Foner is a member of the Russell Sage Foundation Immigration Research Advisory Committee, and the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island History Advisory Committee. She has testified on immigration issues before several Congressional committees and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals, including International Migration Review, Global Networks, and the Journal of American Ethnic History. She has been chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2010, she received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association.

At MPI-MMG Nancy Foner worked together with Steve Vertovec on the GLOBALDIVERCITIES project.

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