Philip Kasinitz

Philip Kasinitz

Research Interests

  • Ethnography
  • Urban Sociology

Philip Kasinitz is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He was the director of the program in International Migration Studies (IMS) from 2018-2019. He chaired the CUNY doctoral program in Sociology from since 2001-2011 and 2014-2017.

Kasinitz graduated Boston University in 1979 and earned his doctorate from New York University in 1987. He specializes in immigration, ethnicity, race relations, urban social life and the nature of contemporary cities. He is the author of Caribbean New York for which he won the Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award in 1996. His co-authored book Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age won the Eastern Sociological Society’s Mirra Komarovsky Book Award in 2009 and the American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Book Award in 2010.

Kasinitz served as the President of the Eastern Sociological Society in 2007-2008 and received the Society’s “Merritt” Award for career contributions in 2015. Since 2005 has been the book review editor of the ESS journal, Sociological Forum. He is a member of the Historical Advisory Board of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and 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.

In addition to publications in scholarly journals Kasinitz is frequently quoted in media venues and his work has appeared in CNN On LineThe New York Daily NewsNew York NewsdayDissentThe Nation The Wall Street Journal  and Lingua Franca. Prior to coming to the  Graduate Center, Kasinitz taught at Williams College. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University, The University of Amsterdam and the Technical University of Berlin and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Liege.

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