I am Chinyere Osuji and I am an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University-Camden in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. I am affiliated with Africana Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies.
My research examines how Africans and Afro-descendants negotiate ethnic and racial boundaries. As a diverse society with arguably the largest population of Blacks outside of Nigeria, Brazil is an important society for understanding these dynamics. As a budding Brazilianist at UCLA, I noticed the large number of interracial pairings in Los Angeles comparison to my experiences in São Paulo. This led to my first book, Boundaries of Love: Interracial Marriage and the Meaning of Race (2019, NYU Press) in which I compared how Black-White couples in Brazil and the United States understood and negotiated racial boundaries. Boundaries of Love challenges the idea that interracial couples, multiracial families, and children from these relationships eradicate racism.
I am currently collecting data for my new project on white supremacy in the nursing profession. I examine intersections of nativity and gender to understand the challenges of first and second-generation African immigrants in nursing school and working in the profession. These issues are even more salient now with the Covid-19 pandemic. This project will provide a new lens to understand the racial politics involved of healthcare and the role of nursing in addressing health inequalities. (If you or anyone you know has questions about this project, please feel free to contact me at chinyere(DOT)osuji@rutgers(DOT)camden.edu
I teach a variety of classes including: Race in Latin America, American Communities, Introduction to Sociology, Individual and Society (a writing intensive class), and Race in Brazil. I have worked with undergraduates on a number of independent studies related to studying race and ethnicity.