Dr. Chinyere Osuji is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University at Camden and is interested in race and ethnicity, immigration, and social stratification. Her forthcoming book, Reproducing Difference: Interracial Couples from the United States to Brazil examines the ways that family members and outsiders understand ethnic and racial meanings of “us” versus “them”. Based on qualitative interviews with black-white couples in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro, the book examines the role of the family in dissolving, bridging, blurring, and redrawing ethnoracial boundaries. 

A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Osuji is currently involved in several research projects. She is collaborating with Erika Arenas (UC Santa Barbara) using pilot data from a new national survey, the Mexican Marital Preference Project (MxMPP), to examine the role of color in the Mexican marriage market. Another collaboration is a mixed methods project  examining how second-generation African immigrants negotiate race and ethnicity in choosing spouses. With Natasha Rivers (Independent Scholar), Dr. Osuji received a 2015 Rutgers University Research Council Grant to conduct focus groups with Eritrean, Ethiopian, and Nigerian immigrants in Seattle and Chicago. They are using this qualitative data to inform a quantitative analysis of data from the Integrated Public Use Micro-Data Series (IPUMS). She has also published research on immigrant organizing across racial and ethnic groups in Los Angeles and is affiliated with the Rutgers-Camden Africana Studies Program.

Before coming to Rutgers, Dr. Osuji was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Africana Studies. Osuji’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), the Bilateral Consortium for Social Science and Public Policy (BCSP), the Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, and the Fulbright Program through the International Institute of Education. 

Dr. Osuji loves working with undergraduates and has trained students in both quantitative and qualitative methods. 

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 Blackwell Award for Best Graduate Student Paper

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.