Research Interests: Comparative immigration, race/ethnicity, gender, and family
Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her current work focuses on the comparative study of immigration – comparing immigration today with earlier periods in the United States, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities, and immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe. She has written extensively on immigration to New York City, past and present, as well as Jamaican migration to New York and London, especially on issues of race and ethnicity, gender, and family dynamics.
Foner is the author or editor of 18 books — among them, the award-winning 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 (NYU Press, 2005), and One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, 2013) – as well as more than 100 articles and book chapters. Her most recent book, written with Richard Alba, is Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe, published by Princeton University Press in 2015.
Among her other activities, she was the 2014-15 President of the Eastern Sociological Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on the Integration of Immigrants into U.S. Society. A former chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, she is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section. In 2011, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.