• Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D.

    Sociologist - Scholar - Teacher

  • Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D.


    Rutgers University, New Brunswick-NJ

    About Me

    I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I am interested in understanding how symbolic boundaries are constructed and maintained within and across many spheres of society. Boundaries can exist at the levels of individuals, groups, organizations, cultural practices, and everyday life. I write and teach about the ways in which boundaries of belonging shape processes of immigrant integration, long-distance political action, organizational practices, and self-employment. My latest research explores how boundaries of belonging and exclusion shape the instruments of creativity within popular music in the United States.


    I earned my Ph.D. in sociology in 2015 at the University of California, Davis. I then moved to the University of Oxford where I held a Marie Curie Early Career ITN Postdoctoral Fellowship at the International Migration Institute in the Department of International Development, and a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College. In 2017, I moved back across the pond to the NYC-metro area and started my current post as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the flagship New Brunswick campus of Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey.


    I teach undergraduate and doctoral-level courses on comparative immigration studies, immigration in the United States, and contemporary sociological theory. In addition, I regularly present my work in the form of lectures and talks at universities and professional conferences across North America and Europe. I've presented my research at Princeton, Stanford, UCSD, UC Davis, UC Hastings School of Law, University of Pittsburgh, University of Toronto, University of Amsterdam, Maastricht University, United Nations University-Merit, University of Birmingham-UK, University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)-UK, University of Liege-Belgium, University of Minho-Portugal, and in several colleges and institutes across Oxford University.


    Click Here For My Curriculum Vitae


    Click here for my Spring 2019 Undergraduate Syllabus for Comparative Immigration Studies - Rutgers University

  • Research

    My current research program is comprised of several inter-related projects investigating how symbolic boundaries between groups shape the civic, political and organizational activities of immigrant communities in the United States and across Europe. Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, I analyze many types of data to understand how individual and contextual factors shape the nonprofit organizational capacity, voluntary behavior, political action, and economic incorporation of immigrants communities across the globe. My newest research explores how the symbolic boundary of race in the United States influences the social construction of the electric guitar in American popular music.

    Opportunities and Constraints in the Pakistani Diaspora Nonprofit Sector

    In this multi-year project, I investigate how nonprofit organizations help facilitate immigrant integration and transnational engagement with immigrants' places of origin. Using the case of the Pakistani diaspora in the U.K., Canada, and the United States, I explore how state policies, socioeconomic integration, and ascriptive stigmatization affect immigrant-serving nonprofits as they seek to foster Pakistani integration and diaspora-led grass-roots development within Pakistan.


    Associated Publications


    Forthcoming - Immigrant Integration, Stigma, and Pakistani Diaspora Organizations in Toronto and New York City, in Dennis Dijkzeul and Margit Fauser (Eds) Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs. Routledge Series on Global Institutions. London: Routledge


    2018 - Organizing Transnationalism and Belonging among Pakistani Immigrants in London and New York. Published in Migration Studies, 6(3): 420-447 (https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnx057)


    2016 - Pakistani Immigrant Organizational Spaces in Toronto and New York City.

    Published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. (with Luis E. Guarnizo)


    Under Review - Constrained Capacities: Ascriptive Organizational Stigma in an Immigrant Nonprofit Sector


    Under Review - Contexts of Divergence: Pakistani Immigrant Nonprofit Organizations in London, Toronto, and New York


    Immigrant and Diaspora Politics

    In a series of papers, I use secondary survey data to explore the relationship between immigrant integration and transnational politics by analyzing immigrants' domestic and homeland-oriented electoral political participation.


    Associated Publications


    2018 - Voting Here and There: Political Incorporation and Transnational Political Engagement Among Immigrants in Europe in Global Networks. 18(3):437-460.


    2017 - Migrants' Political Transnationalism in Southern Europe" in Migration Studies. (with Luis E. Guarnizo and Nina Nyberg Sorenson)


    Revise & Resubmit - Bringing Constrains back into the Study of Transnational Political Action (with Dana M. Moss)

    Other Research

    I am currently engaged in several other projects examining symbolic boundaries as they operate within self-employment and among Muslims residing in the United States. These projects include the following:


    Immigrant and Ethnoracial Boundaries in Self-Employment

    Forthcoming - Immigrant and Ethnic Entrepreneurship, in Steven Gold, and Stephanie Nawyn (Eds) Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies-Second Edition. London: Routledge.


    2015 - Racialized Incorporation: The Effects of Race and Generational Status on Self-Employment Propensities and Industry-Sector Prestige" in International Migration Review. 49(2):318-354.


    2013 - "Franchises" Encyclopedia entry in the Sociology of Work, An Encyclopedia. Sage Publications



    Religion as a Symbolic Boundary in the United States


    2nd Revise & Resubmit - Muslim Strangers: The Effects of Religious Beliefs and Network Closure on Muslim Identity in the United States (with Gabriel Acevedo, Christopher Ellison, and John Bartowski)


    2015 - Religion, Cultural Clash, and Muslim American Attitudes About Politically Motivated Violence" in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 54(2):242-260 (with Gabriel Acevedo)



    Labor Market Incorporation in New and Established Immigrant Destinations


    Work in Progress- Puerto Rican Migration and Economic Realities in New and Established Destinations in the United States (with Mario Mercado-Diaz)


    Work in Progress - Gendered Economic Integration among First and Second-Generation Migrants in Europe (with Debby Gerritson)


    Racialized Boundaries in American Popular Music


    Work in Progress - Racial Boundaries and the Social Construction of the Electric Guitar (1955-2005)


    Work in Progress - Mad-Men: Social Symmetries Among Musicians


  • Teaching/Supervision



    I regularly teach lower and upper-level undergraduate courses on comparative immigration studies and the sociology of immigration in the United States.


    Spring 2019 - Sociology 225 Syllabus


    Rutgers, Sociology

    At the graduate level, I teach seminars on international migration and contemporary social theory.



    Ph.D. Supervision

    Direct & External Supervision

    I am currently taking on new students admitted into the Rutgers sociology doctoral program for general and dissertation supervision.

  • Announcements

    Had a wonderful time talking about my research at the CUNY Grad. Center Immigration Seminar Series in the Department of Sociology. Great comments and questions from Phil Kasinitz, Nacy Foner and some terrific CUNY doctoral students.
    On July 23, 2018, I had the privilege to attend the official launch of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants hosted by my university and Rutgers Global. Congrats to Dr. Rick Lee of Rutgers Global for executing an excellent launch and help position Rutgers New Brunswick as a...
    Ellis Monk, Assistant Professor of sociology at Princeton delivered a thought-provoking talk on Wednesday, Feb, 7th, 2018 on the advantages of using skin-color as opposed to racial categories when investigating inequality in the US and Brazil. His talk was the second colloquium for the Rutgers...
    I'm thrilled to convene my inaugural graduate seminar on global mobility, inequality and social change in the Rutgers Department of Sociology. The course is broken into three sections: international migration, immigrant incorporation, and transnationalism. While the course emphasizes sociological...
    Organizing Transnationalism and Belonging among Pakistani Immigrants in London and New York. (2017) Migration Studies In this second article based on my doctoral research, I examine how post-colonial bilateral ties and aggregate-levels of socioeconomic integration shape the geographic...
    Voting Here and There: Political Integration and Transnational Political Engagement among Immigrants in Europe. - Published 2017 in Early View. Global Networks This is article presents the results of my Marie Curie postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford. In it, I examine how...
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    Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D.

    Department of Sociology

    Rutgers University

    Davison Hall, Office 041

    New Brunswick, NJ 08901





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