Fall 2017 Workshop on Race & Ethnicity
Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 3:00
Location: MSC 2405
Lunch will be provided.
Seating is Limited
Race, Ethnicity, and Quantitative Methodology
Dr. Mosi Ifatunji
Department of Sociology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Instructor, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
This workshop brings together state-of-the-art theory on race and ethnicity with best practices in the use of social statistics. The workshop aim is to develop quantitative researchers that will give more careful and keen consideration to how race and ethnicity fit in their statistical models, while also providing race and ethnicity scholars greater ability to understand, critique and use quantitative methods.
Dr. Mosi Adesina Ifatunji is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for African American Research and the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also served as the Instructor for a course on Race, Ethnicity and Quantitative Epistemologies at the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the Inter-University Consortium for Social and Political Research at the University of Michigan. Before joining the faculty at UNC, he completed Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan and in both the Department of Sociology and the Carolina Population Center at Chapel Hill. Broadly speaking, his research interests are in race, culture, biology and social stratification. To this end, he conducts various comparisons between African Americans and Black immigrants in a quasi-experimental design that he calls the black ethnic comparative. Not only does this design allow him to document and explain increasingly dynamic population trends among and between African Americans and Black immigrants (in the labor market, politics and health), but it also provides a novel empirical foundation for theorizing on the nature of race and ethnicity. That is, since the black ethnic comparative holds the Du Boisian distribution of ‘racialized physical features’ (e.g., skin color, hair tenure and bone structure) constant across otherwise distinct populations, it allows for the deliberate consideration and observation of various ‘non-physical features’ (e.g., language, religion and nationality) in the process of assigning racialized meanings to human population groups – net physical features. As a result, Dr. Ifatunji is working on a series of essays and a book proposal on ethnoraciality, which seek to offer a revised view on the nature of race and ethnicity in settler and colonial societies.