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Aliya Saperstein

Aliya Saperstein

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008


Professor Saperstein received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington and her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of California-Berkeley. In 2014-15, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.

Her research focuses on the social processes through which people come to perceive, name, and deploy seemingly immutable categorical differences -- such as race and sex -- and their consequences for explaining, and reinforcing, social inequality. Her current research projects explore several strands of this subject, including:

  • The relationship between individual-level racial fluidity and the maintenance of group boundaries, racial stereotypes, and hierarchies.
  • The implications of methodological decisions, especially the measurement of race/ethnicity and sex/gender in surveys, for studies of stratification and health disparities.

This research has been published for social science audiences in the American Journal of Sociology,the Annual Review of Sociology,Demography,and Gender & Society,among other venues, and for general science audiences in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesand PLoS One. It also has been recognized with multiple article awards, and gained attention from national media outlets, including NPR and The Colbert Report.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

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