• Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D.


  • Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D.


    Rutgers University, New Brunswick

    I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I investigate how international migration transforms the political, economic, and organizational landscapes of immigrant-receiving and origin societies. My research interests lie at the intersection of international migration, political sociology, and organization studies.


    I write and teach about nonprofit organizations, immigrant politics, ethnic entrepreneurship, and the South Asian diaspora in Britain and the USA. I've published research on immigrants' transnational electoral politics in Europe, Pakistani immigrant nonprofits, and the intersection of race and immigration within U.S. self-employment. My work appears in several peer-reviewed academic journals including International Migration Review, Global Networks, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Migration Studies, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 


    I earned my Ph.D. in sociology in 2015 at the University of California, Davis. Before coming to Rutgers, I was based at the University of Oxford as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Officer in the Department of International Development and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College-Oxford. I've had the privilege to lecture and present my work at universities and professional conferences in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Canada, and throughout the United States.


    Click Here For My Curriculum Vitae

  • Current Projects

    Organizing Belonging: Immigrant Integration and Diaspora-led Development in the Pakistani 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 United States, I explore how state policies, socioeconomic integration, and ascriptive stigmatization affect immigrant nonprofits as they seek to foster community development and promote social change at home and abroad. Some of this research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and will be further developed in a new book project.

    Immigrant Transnational Politics

    In a series of papers, I am analyzing the homeland-oriented transnational political engagement of immigrants in Europe. I am also developing a new conceptual framework with my colleague Dana M. Moss (University of Pittsburg) for theorizing how geopolitical constraints can suppress immigrant transnational political action.





    Chaudhary, Ali R. (2017) "Voting Here and There: Political Incorporation and Transnational Political Engagement Among Immigrants in Europe" in Global Networks.

    DOI: 10.1111/glob.12171


    Chaudhary, Ali R. (2017) "Organizing transnationalism and belonging among Pakistani immigrants in London and New York" in Migration Studies.



    Guarnizo, Luis, Ali R. Chaudhary and Ninna Nyberg Sorensen (2017) "Migrants' Political Transnationalism in Southern Europe" in Migration Studies. https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnx061


    Chaudhary, Ali R., and L.E. Guarnizo (2016) "Pakistani Immigrant Organizational Spaces in Toronto and New York City" in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 42(6):1013-1035


    Chaudhary, Ali R. (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. 


    Acevedo, G. and Ali R. Chaudhary (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


    Currently Under Review


    Chaudhary, Ali R. " Stigma and Pakistani Migrant Organizations in London, Toronto and New York City" (Revise & Resubmit)


    Chaudhary, Ali R., and Dana M. Moss. "Bringing Constraints Back Into the Study of Transnational Political Action" (Under Review)


    Acevedo, G., A. R. Chaudhary, C. Ellison., and J. Bartowski. "Culture, Social Structure and Muslim-American Identity (Under Review)

    Book Chapters


    Chaudhary, Ali R. (forthcoming) "Immigrant and Ethnic Entrepreneurship" in International Handbook of Migration Studies. London: Routledge.


    Encyclopedia Entries

    McCarthy, Bill & Ali R. Chaudhary. 2014. “Rational Choice Theory” in The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Springer-Verlag. New York


    Chaudhary, Ali. R. 2013. “Franchises” in Smith, Vicki (Eds) Sociology of Work, An Encyclopedia. Sage Publications



  • Announcements

    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...
    September 2, 2017
    From September 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2017 I will be on leave from Rutgers. I am taking family leave as my wife and I are expecting our second child in mid-September. I will still be checking email regularly so please contact me at my primary university email during the fall term. I will...
    Getting my talks ready for the upcoming annual ASA meetings. This year is especially nice because the meetings are being held north of the border in Montreal. I will be presenting a paper in the Asia/Asian American Regular Session and a second co-authored paper in the new Global and Transnational...
    We will be having our final conference for the TRANSMIC project at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in mid-May. I will be speaking during a plenary panel on transnational immigrant politics in an era of nationalist populism.
    On January 1st, 2017, I will officially begin my new job as an Assistant Professor of sociology at Rutgers University!!!. I am really excited about finally starting the new gig given that I accepted the position back in December of 2014 but postponed my start date so that I could complete a post...
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  • Contact Information

    Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D.

    Department of Sociology

    Rutgers University

    Davison Hall, Office 041

    New Brunswick, NJ 08901





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