I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University with affiliations in Africana Studies and Latin American and Latino studies. Before coming to Rutgers, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Africana Studies. I earned my doctorate in Sociology from UCLA. I do research on race and ethnicity, immigration, the family, and social stratification.

My first book, Boundaries of Love: Interracial Marriage from the United States to Brazil (Under contract, NYU Press) takes a groundbreaking, intersectional, and comparative approach to race by examining the family as a key institution for dissolving, reinforcing, bridging and blurring ethnoracial boundaries. Boundaries of Love is based on 103 qualitative individual interviews that I conducted with spouses in black-white couples in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro (in Portuguese). Through analyzing cultural repertoires of contemporary race-mixing, Boundaries of Love reveals how gender, educational level, and color intersect to produce novel approaches to Brazil’s flexible ethnoracial boundaries vis-a-vis the rigid ones of the United States. Boundaries of Love is one of the first comparisons of how black and white Americans and black and white Brazilians understand and make race in their everyday lives. It is also one of the first sociological texts to take an intersectional approach to examining race across these two societies. This research has garnered awards from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (ASA-SREM) and the Population Association of America (PAA).

I am collaborating with Erika Arenas (UC Santa Barbara) using a new national survey, the Mexican Marital Preference Project (MxMPP). We examine the role of skin color in the Mexican marriage market. Another collaboration is a mixed methods project with Natasha Rivers (Independent Scholar) examining how second-generation African immigrants navigate the boundaries of race, ethnic group membership, and nation in family formation.

In my spare time, I enjoy writing fiction, reading novels, lifting weights, and watching Game of Thrones.

Classes I teach:

Introduction to Sociology

Race in Latin America

Interracial and Interethnic Dynamics

Individual and Society.


Recent Publications

Osuji, Chinyere. 2014. “Divergence or Convergence: Black-White Interracial Couples and White Family Reactions in the U.S. and Brazil.” Qualitative Sociology.

Zamora, Sylvia and Chinyere Osuji. 2014. “Mobilizing African Americans for Immigrant Rights: Framing Strategies in Two Multi-Ethnic Coalitions.” Latino Studies.

Osuji, Chinyere. 2013. “Racial ‘Boundary-policing’: Perceptions of Black-White Interracial Couples in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro.” DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race.

Winner of the 2011 ASA Section on Race and Ethnic Minorities (SREM) Blackwell Award for Best Graduate Student Paper

Winner Best Poster in Session 2010, Population Association of America (PAA)

Osuji, Chinyere. 2013. “Confronting Whitening in an Era of Black-Consciousness: Racial Ideology and Black-White Interracial Marriages in Rio de Janeiro.” Ethnic and Racial Studies

Featured in Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach edited by Tanya Golash-Boza as “Research Focus: Racial Ideology and Black-White Interracial Marriages in Rio de Janeiro”

Osuji, Chinyere. 2010. Building Power for ‘Non-Citizen Citizenship:’ A Case Study of The Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network (MIWON).” In Ruth Milkman, Joshua Bloom, and Victor Narro (ed.) Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy, Cornell University Press.