José Itzigsohn graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1995. He is the author of Developing Poverty (Penn State, 2000) and Encountering American Faultlines (Russel Sage, 2009). He has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters on racial identity formation, panethnicity, and transnationalism among first and second generation immigrants from Latin America. He is currently working on economic democracy in cooperatives in Argentina and on the sociological theory work of W.E.B Du Bois.
My work focuses on two areas. The first one is identity and group formation, with a focus on processes of racialization, and ethnic and nation formation. My second area of interest is alternative forms of economic organization.
Areas of interest: race and ethnic relations, Latino immigration, development.
My work focuses on two areas. The first is identity and group formation, with a focus on processes of racialization, and ethnic and nation formation. I have published numerous articles on ethnic and racial identity and transnationalism. I am also the author of "Encountering American Faultlines" (Russell Sage 2009). This book analyzes the the experience of incorporation of the Dominican second generation in Providence, and through that experience it looks at the class and racial faultlines that structure American society.
My second area of interest is alternative forms of economic organization. I am the author of "Developing Poverty" (Penn State Press, 2000). In that book I compare the structure of the informal economy in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic and the relationship between the informal economy and the state. Currently I am writing a book on industrial democracy in Argentina, studying the organizational forms of the worker-owned factories.
Another current project of mine is a book on the sociological theoretical aspects of W.E.B Du Bois work.
I work within the world-system theoretical paradigm, but I am interested in the local variations within the world economic and political systems. I investigate how local and regional institutional forms and identity formation processes develop and interact with world-systemic trends.
2009. Encountering American Faultlines: Class, Race, and the Dominican Experience, NewYork, NY: Russell Sage Foundation. (Co-winner of the American Sociological Association Latino/a Sociology Section 2009 Best Contribution to Research Best Book Award).
American Sociological Association
Latin American Studies Association
Eastern Sociological Society
I teach courses on race and ethnicity, development, sociological theory, and comparative historical sociology.
SOC 1270 - Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World. Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016.
SOC 1871D - Sophomore Seminar in Sociology of Development. Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016.
SOC 2040 - Classical Sociological Theory. Fall 2015.
SOC 2260D - Race, Ethnicity, and Nation: Boundaries, Identities, Inequalities. Spring 2016.
SOC 2510 - Teaching Practicum in Sociology. Spring 2015.