• 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 how group boundaries shape processes of immigrant integration, long-distance political action, organizational practices, and self-employment. My latest research explores how boundaries of race and nativity shape the production and consumption of musical instruments and genres of American popular music.


    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 Cornell, 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 within the University of Oxford.


    See my CV here!!!



  • Research

    My current research program is comprised of several projects investigating how symbolic boundaries shape immigrant integration, civic participation, nonprofit organizations, and the field of popular music. Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, I analyze many types of data to understand how individual and contextual factors inform social processes and outcomes across diverse social landscapes.

    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


    2019 - Suppressing Transnationalism: Bringing Constraints into the Study of Transnational Political Action in Comparative Migration Studies 7(9):1-22 (with Dana M. Moss)


    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)



    Immigrant Organizational Spaces

    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 (with L.E. Guarnizo)


    2019 - Suppressing Transnationalism: Bringing Constraints into the Study of Transnational Political Action in Comparative Migration Studies 7(9):1-22 (with Dana M. Moss)


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




    Symbolic Boundaries and Society

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


    Symbolic Boundaries and the Production, Marketing, and Consumption of Music



    In Progress - Racial Boundaries and the Social Construction of the Electric Guitar, 1955-2005.


    In Progress - The Mainstream Remade: Collaborative Exchange and Immigrant Contributions to American Music


    In Progress - Mad Men: Musicians as Precarious Workers in the United States, 1950-2000.



    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


    2019 - Islamic Strangers: The Effects of Religious Beliefs and Network Closure on Muslim Identity in the United States. (with Gabriel Acevedo, John Bartowski, and Chris Ellison), The Sociological Quarterly, (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00380253.2019.1580541)


    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)


  • Teaching/Supervision



    I 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.




    Spring 2019 - Graduate-Level Contemporary Sociological 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.

  • Contact Information

    Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D.

    Department of Sociology

    Rutgers University

    Davison Hall, Office 041

    New Brunswick, NJ 08901





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