Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her recent work has focused on comparing immigration in the US today and in the past; immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe; and how immigration has been remaking American society. 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 20 books; the most recent is One Quarter of the Nation: Immigration and the Transformation of America (Princeton University Press, 2022). Her other books include 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), One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, 2013), and, with Richard Alba, Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe (Princeton University Press, 2015). She has also published more than 120 journal articles and book chapters.
Among her other activities, she was the 2014-15 President of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on the Integration of Immigrants into U.S. Society. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association and the 2018 Merit Award from the ESS. She was awarded a Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin (2017) and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2017-18). In 2011, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.