• Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D.

  • 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. My research interests lie at the intersection of international migration, political sociology, and organization studies.


    I write and teach about nonprofit organizations, immigrant politics, and ethnic entrepreneurship. 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.



    I earned my Ph.D. in sociology in 2015 at the University of California, Davis under the supervision of Luis Eduardo Guarnizo, Fred Block, and Irene Bloemraad. Prior to my current post at Rutgers, I was at the University of Oxford in the Department of International Development where I held a Marie Curie Early Career postdoctoral fellowship at the International Migration Institute. I was also a junior research fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.


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  • Research

    My current research program is comprised of several inter-related projects investigating civic and political action in the 21st century. 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, and political action of immigrants and ethnoracial minorities in the United States and Europe.

    Immigrant and Diaspora Politics

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


    Associated Publications


    2017 - Voting Here and There: Political Incorporation and Transnational Political Engagement Among Immigrants in Europe in Global Networks.


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

    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 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 community development and promote social change at home and abroad.


    Associated Publications


    2017 - Organizing transnationalism and belonging among Pakistani immigrants in London and New York in Migration Studies


    2016 - Pakistani Immigrant Organizational Spaces in Toronto and New York City" in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. (with Luis E. Guarnizo)

    Nonprofits, Volunteering, and Civic Action

    In this new research, I am developing an integrated theoretical approach to investigate how the ecology of labor markets and nonprofits affect immigrant and ethnoracial minority civic action across the United States. Several articles associated with this research are currently in progress.

    Other Research

    In addition to the three current research areas, I continue to investigate the integration of Muslims in the United States. I am also continuing to explore new directions in research on immigrant and ethnic entrepreneurship.


    Associated Publications


    Forthcoming - Chapter on Immigrant and Ethnic Entrepreneurship" in the 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. 


    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)


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


  • Teaching/Supervision



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


    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. I am also available to serve as a reader or external examiner for select Ph.D./DPhil students working towards degrees at other institutions.

  • Announcements

    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...
    2 septembre, 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...
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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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