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Racial Ideology and Inequality.

Immigration and Migration.

Race, Gender and Class.








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My research focuses on the ways in which race and culture structure and reproduce stratification; influence the way people view themselves and others; and inform different social-cognitive frameworks used in the interpretation and explanation of various disparities. UNC recently confirmed the promise of my current research and future contributions to social science with the Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence – awarded to just one percent of all University Fellows.



"Three Black Histories: The Case of the ‘Negro Immigrant’ for Understanding Race and Racial Inequality in the United States." This is my primary research area. It includes various comparisons between African Americans and black immigrants – from Africa and the Caribbean. It is driven by the idea that, what I call the 'black ethnic comparative,' can function as a quasi-experiment where ‘racial phenotype is held constant’ allowing the researcher to isolate the role of various group level characteristics in the manufacture of social inequality and ask new questions concerning the process of racialization in the US. That is, I believe that such a camparative can assist race scholars in moving away from notions of race that are strictly based on phenotype and physiognomy and toward more nuanced and useful considerations of how race works in twenty-first century America. Therefore, while addressing the historically under studied issue of ‘black immigrants in the US,’ this area of research simultaneously advances race theory by building on a growing body of work that seeks to incorporate non-phenotypical features into the process of racialization. These are the major contributions of my dissertation entitled, Are Black Immigrants a ‘Model Minority’: Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality in the United States. Some of the working papers associated with this specific area include:

  • “Socioeconomic Disparities between African American and Afro Caribbeans: Re-Examining the Role of Immigrant Selectivity” (Mosi Ifatunji) – Under Review

  • “The Afro Caribbean Model Minority Myth: Cultural Attributes and Socioeconomic Disparities Between African Americans and Afro Caribbeans” (Mosi Ifatunji) – Forthcoming in Du Bois Review

  • “The White Employer Effect": Exploring the Role of the Labor Market Conext in the Production of Black Ethnic Labor Market Disparities” (Mosi Ifatunji) - Draft Manuscript

"Race and Culture in Post-Racial America: Notes on Racial Ideology, Racialization and Racial Inequality in the US." This area of reseach is focused on the shifting meaning and implications of race in the US. In recent decades the racial landscape has radically changed in the US. For instance, no longer are blacks the largest minority population; Latinos are now the largest minoirty group. While non-whites have historically constituted a second-class of sorts, the social mobility of Asian Americans has caused us to refine our understanding of the US racial heirarchy. Moreover, our understanding of race has nessesarily shifted with the election of the first black President. In addition, the emerging mixed race movement has challenged conventional understandings of racial identity and identification in the US. This specific area will therefore explore the changing role of racial phenotype in the production of racial catagories and meanings. It will also offer citiques on the current nature of racial disourse in the US. Some of the working and published papers associated with this specific area include

Ifatunji, Mosi Adesina and Catherine E. Harnois. 2015. “An Account for the Gender Gap in Perceptions of Discrimination among African Americans: Considering the Role of Gendered Measures” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Mosi Ifatunji. Assistant Professor. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill .
Department of Sociology and Carolina Population Center.
Telephone (919) 843-6466. Email:ifatunji@unc.edu.
For the latest on race, ethnicity, migration and politics follow: @ifatunji .