Scholars in this area study how racial, ethnic, and national identities are salient uniting but also stratifying forces in people’s lives and across societies. Histories of colonialism, including Indigenous dispossession, struggles for sovereignty, and European resettlement, and patterns of migration and immigration shape racial and ethnic (in)equality in Canada and in other regions of the world. UBC faculty have conducted research on histories of colonial dispossession directed at Indigenous communities, the legal exclusion of Asian migrants, the experiences of undocumented and stateless peoples, the lived experiences of racialized refugees and immigrants settling in Canada, and attitudes toward immigration and political trust among different racial and ethnic groups.
Another prominent area within the study of race and ethnicity is how and why social inequalities are structured and sustained between different groups in education, work, health, and resource distribution, among other realms of life. Studies by UBC faculty focus on experiences of discrimination, in both institutional and personal settings, as well as on how race and ethnicity intersect with other identity categories such as gender, sexuality, class, age, and disability to shape group inclusion and exclusion.
- Cheong, Amanda R. (2022). “Deportable to Nowhere: Stateless Children & Challenges to State Logics of Immigration Control.” positions: asia critique 30(2): 245-275: https://doi.org/10.1215/10679847-9573331.
- Cheong, Amanda R. (2021). “Legal Histories as Determinants of Incorporation: Previous Undocumented Experience and Naturalization Propensities Among Immigrants in the United States.” International Migration Review 55(2): 482-513. https://doi.org/10.1177/0197918320934714
- Cheong, Amanda R. & Massey, Douglas S. (2019). “Undocumented and Unwell: Legal Status and Health Among Mexican Migrants.” International Migration Review 53(2): 571-601. https://doi.org/10.1177/0197918318775924. [Open Access]
- Karimi, A., Thopmson, S. & Bucerius, S. (2022) Context of Racialized Assimilation: A Case of Second-Generation Somali-Canadians. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1-23, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2022.2100223.
- Karimi, A., & Wilkes, R. (2022). A Methodological Analysis of National Models of Integration: Time to Think Without the Models? Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 48(7), 1729-1746
- Karimi, A. (2021). Sexuality and Integration: A Case of Gay Iranian Refugees’ Collective Memories and Integration Practices in Canada. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44(15), 2857-2875.
Kimberly R. Huyser:
- Huyser, Kimberly R., and Sofia Locklear*. 2021. “Reversing Statistical Erasure of Indigenous Peoples: The Social Construction of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the US using National Datasets.” Chapter in Walter, M., Kukutai, T., Gonzales, A.A., & Henry, R. (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Sociology. Oxford University Press: New York. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197528778.013.34
- Huyser, Kimberly R., Aggie J. Yellow Horse, Alena A. Kuhlemeier, and Michelle R. Huyser. 2021. “COVID-19 Pandemic and Indigenous Representation in Public Health Data.” American Journal of Public Health. 111(S3):S208-S214. (DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2021.306415)
- Huyser, Kimberly R., Sofia Locklear, Connor M. Sheehan, Brenda L. Moore, and John Sibley Butler. 2021. “Consistent Honor, Persistent Disadvantage: American Indian and Alaska Native Veteran Health in the National Survey of Veterans.” Journal of Aging and Health. (DOI: 10.1177/08982643211014034)
- Mawani, Renisa. 2018. Across Oceans of Law: The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire (Durham: Duke University Press).
- Mawani, Renisa. 2009. Colonial Proximities: Crossracial Encounters and Juridical Truths in British Columbia, 1871-1921 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press).
- Mawani, Renisa. 2022 “The Slave, the Ship, the Legal Person,” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 87.
- Hirsh, C. Elizabeth and Youngjoo Cha (2018). “For Law and Markets: Employment Discrimination Lawsuits, Market Performance, and Managerial Diversity,” American Journal of Sociology 123(4):1117-1160.
- Hirsh, C. Elizabeth (2019). “Do Lawsuits Improve Gender and Racial Equality at Work?,” Harvard Business Review 123(4):1117-1160.
- Hirsh, C. Elizabeth and Youngjoo Cha (2017). “Mandating Change: The Impact of Court-Mandated Policy Changes on Managerial Diversity,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 70(1):42-72.
- Wilkes, Rima, Aaron Duong, Linc Kesler and Howard Ramos. 2017. “Canadian University Acknowledgment of Indigenous Lands, Treaties and Peoples.” Canadian Review of Sociology 54(1): 89-120.
- Wu, Cary and Rima Wilkes. 2017. “International Student Migration and the Search for Home” Geoforum 80: 123-132.
- Wilkes, Rima. 2015. “We Trust in Government, Just not in Yours: Race, Partisanship and Political Trust 1958-2012.” Social Science Research 49: 356-371
SOCI 560: Culture and Knowledge
- SOCI 201: Ethnic Relations
- SOCI 220: Sociology of Indigenous Peoples
- SOCI-285 - Citizenship and Identity
- SOCI 301: Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment
- SOCI 302: Ethnic and Racial Inequality
- SOCI 303: Sociology of Migration
- SOCI 383: Sociological Methods: Historical Research.
- SOCI-430 - Global Citizenship
- SOCI-495 - Contemporary Chinese Society
Race, Ethnicity and Migration News
Prof. Amanda Cheong theorizes omission and the political strategy behind it
UBC Sociology Asst. Prof. Amanda Cheong speaks at the Museum of Vancouver’s “Making Space” event