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Christopher Maggio
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Sociology

Degrees/Diplomas: B.A. Economics, New York University; M.A. Applied Quantitative Research, New York University

Dissertation Title: The Impact of Local Demographic Change in the Contemporary United States

Research Interests: race/ethnicity, immigration, quantitative methods, political sociology, education, and gender and sexuality

My dissertation examines how recent demographic changes in the U.S. related to race and immigration impact Americans’ social and political attitudes. Specifically, I study the impact of recent demographic changes on voting patterns in the 2016 election, immigration policy attitudes, and perceptions of racism among racial/ethnic minorities. Generally speaking, I find evidence of “backlash” to Latinx growth as well as non-Latinx Black growth. I find that high Latinx growth at the county level predicted increased Trump voting among Whites in 2016, and interestingly, among Asians as well. An article based on this research will appear in Social Science Research later this year. I also demonstrate a “backlash” against Latinx growth for U.S.-born Whites in terms of immigration policy attitudes, though only for those with lower levels of education, those who identify as political Independents, and those whose household incomes have decreased in the past year. Lastly, I find evidence that racial minorities may experience the effects of White backlash to demographic change, specifically among Latinx and non-Latinx Black respondents, in terms of perceptions of racism. I also contribute methodologically in this dissertation by using quasi-causal methods previously unutilized in this area of the literature.

I have also published co-authored research on diverse topics such as racial/immigration attitudes and political polarization (forthcoming in Daedalus), unwanted sex for heterosexual men (Sociological Forum), and the labor market performance of part-time community college students (Community College Journal of Research and Practice). The last of these emerged from a research project funded by the Gates Foundation and the Ascendium Education Group, led by Paul Attewell, on which I was a researcher from 2017-2020. Numerous education studies have been generated from this project, including analyses examining early indicators of college student graduation, factors influencing post-college earnings, and trends in Black and Latinx educational attainment. I am also currently revising and resubmitting solo-authored work on Southern immigration attitudes at Social Currents, and have worked on various projects under review or in progress in areas such as state and local immigration policy and the Latinx-White earnings gap.