Philip Kasinitz was a guest from March until April 2023. He is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Graduate Center where he chaired the doctoral program in Sociology from 2001 to 2012 and 2014-2018. He co-founded and was the first director of CUNY’s master’s program in International Migration Studies and is currently director of CUNY’s Advanced Research Collaborative. His co-authored book Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age received the American Sociological Association (ASA) Distinguished Scholarly Book Award and the Eastern Sociological Society’s Mira Komarovsky Book award in 2010. He has received the book award of the ASA’s International Migration section (the “Thomas and Znaniecki award”) three times. His recent works include Growing Up Muslim in Europe and the United States, co-edited with Mehdi Bozorgmehr and Global Cities, Local Streets, with Sharon Zukin, and Xiangming Chen. He also co-edited special issues of the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies on “superdiversity” and on migration and popular music in the US and Europe, which were later published as books. He has been the book review editor of the journal Sociological Forum since 2005.
He is currently working on projects on immigration and race in the US, a comparative work on the role of historical memory and migration in the US and Europe and on the impact of COVID 19 on public life and on the integration of newcomers.
Kasinitz served as the President of the Eastern Sociological Society in 2007-2008 and received the Society’s “Merit” Award for career contributions in 2015. He received the Distinguished Career Award from the ASA’s International Migration Section in 2022. He been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and in 2021 he was a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies. He is a member of the historical advisory committee for the Statue of Liberty Museum and the National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island as well as a consultant to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Prior to coming to CUNY, Kasinitz taught at Williams College. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton, the University of Amsterdam and the Technical University of Berlin and has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Liege. In addition to numerous academic journals, his work has appeared in CNN On Line, The New York Daily News, New York Newsday; Dissent; The Nation; The Wall Street Journal; Common Quest, Lingua Franca, and Telos.