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. As a sociologist, 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, the sociology of race & ethnicity, critical development studies, and organizational sociology.


    I write and teach about immigrant incorporation, non-profit organizations, immigrant politics, ethnic entrepreneurship, and the South Asian diaspora in the Britain, Canada, and the U.S. I've published research on immigrants' transnational electoral politics in Europe, Pakistani civil society organizations in North America and the UK, and ethnic entrepreneurship in the United States. My work appears in several peer-reviewed academic journals including Migration Studies, International Migration Review, Global Networks, the Journal of Ethnic and 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 under the mentorship of Luis Guarnizo, Fred Block, and Irene Bloemraad-UC Berkeley. Before coming to Rutgers, I was based at the University of Oxford as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Officer at the International Migration Institute and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. I've had the privilege to lecture and present my work at universities and professional conferences in the U.K., the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Canada, and throughout the United States.


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  • 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. This research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and will be combined with new data for a book project beginning in 2018.

    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 understanding various ways in which social and political forces constrain immigrant transnational political action.





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


    Guarnizo, Luis, Ali R. Chaudhary and Ninna Nyberg Sorensen (Forthcoming) "Migrants' Political Transnationalism in Southern Europe" in Migration Studies


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


    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


    Working Papers

    Chaudhary, Ali R., and Dana M. Moss. 2016. "Triadic Political Opportunity Structures" I.M.I. Working Paper 129. International Migration Institute Working Paper Series-University of Oxford.


    Chaudhary, Ali R. 2016."Transnational Politics and Political Integration Among Migrants in Europe" I.M.I. Working Paper 127. International Migration Institute Working Paper Series-University of Oxford.


    Chaudhary, Ali R. and L.E. Guarnizo 2015. "State Policies and Pakistani Migrant Organizations in Toronto and New York City" I.M.I. Working Paper 112, International Migration Institute Working Papers Series-University of Oxford.


    Guarnizo, L.E. and Ali R. Chaudhary 2014. "Determinants of Political Transnational Engagement among Colombian and Dominican Migrants in Southern Europe", I.M.I. Working Paper 82. International Migration Institute Working Paper Series-University of Oxford.



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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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