- Director, International Migration Studies
- Professor, Sociology
- Qualitative Research Methods, Urban Sociology/Ethnography, Labor and Work
Richard E. Ocejo primarily studies cities, culture, and work using qualitative methods, and directs the MA program in International Migration Studies. He is the author of Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy (Princeton University Press, 2017), about the transformation of low-status occupations into cool, cultural taste-making jobs, and of Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City (Princeton University Press, 2014), about growth policies, nightlife, and conflict in gentrified neighborhoods. His work has appeared in such journals as, Journal of Urban Affairs, Sociological Perspectives, Poetics, and Ethnography. He is also the editor of Urban Ethnography: Legacies and Challenges (Emerald, 2019) and Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork (Routledge, 2012), a co-Book Editor at City & Community, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Contemporary Sociology, Work and Occupations, Metropolitics, and the Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography.