Philip Kasinitz served as executive officer of the GC’s Ph.D. Program in Sociology from 2001 to 2011. He specializes in the study of urban sociology, international migration, and race and ethnicity. He is the author of Caribbean New York: Black Immigrants and the Politics of Race (1992); the editor of Metropolis: Center and Symbol of Our Time (1995); coeditor, with Josh DeWind and Charles Hirschman, of Handbook on International Migration (1999); coeditor, with Mary C. Waters and John Mollenkopf, of Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of The New Second Generations (2004); and coauthor (with Waters, Mollenkopf, and Jennifer Holdaway) of Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (2008), which received the 2010 Distinguished Publication Award from the American Sociological Association. Most recently, he coauthored The Urban Ethnography Reader (2014).
Kasinitz is a former president of the Eastern Sociological Society and a three-time winner of the Thomas and Znaniecki Award for the best book in the sociology of international migration. In addition to numerous publications in academic journals, his work has appeared in the Nation, Dissent, the Wall Street Journal, and Lingua Franca, and he edits the book review section of the journal Sociological Forum. He is a former member of the Social Science Research Council’s Committee on International Migration and the Russell Sage Foundation’s committee to study the social effects of 9/11 on New York City and is currently a member of the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation’s historical advisory board. Before coming to CUNY in 1993 he taught at Williams College, and he has held visiting positions at Princeton and the University of Amsterdam. Kasinitz received his B.A. from Boston University on 1979 and his Ph.D. from the Sociology Department of New York University in 1987.