Lecture: 'Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race'

Event Details

February 23, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Thompson Hall

Room: 420

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Laura Johnson

In this talk, based on her book The Limits of Whiteness (2017, Stanford University Press), sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the curious, under-theorized story of how Iranian Americans move across a white/not-white color line.

By contextualizing her ethnographic data with neglected historical and legal records, she offers new evidence for how a “white” American immigrant group may come to be “brown,” and what such a transformation says about race in the U.S. today.

Born in New York City and raised in Portland, Oregon, Neda Maghbouleh is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research addresses the lives of racialized refugees and immigrants in North America, including a new study of Syrian war refugees in Toronto, funded by SSHRC and the Government of Canada, Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.


Thompson Hall is located at 620 Hicks Way on the UMass Amherst campus.