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Maritsa Poros

Department Chair, Associate Professor
Acting Chair


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership



Affiliated Departments

International Studies
Women's Studies


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  • Profile

    Maritsa V. Poros specializes in international migration. Her other research interests include social networks, inequalities, race and ethnicity, and urban studies. Her work has addressed the role of migrant networks in shaping labor market processes, the formation and influence of ethnic communities, and migrant mobilization in southern Europe. In 2011, Stanford University Press published her book, Modern Migrations: Gujarati Indian Networks in New York and London, which proposes a relational account of migration and migrant networks. She is also working on a research project titled “Ethnic Communities in Chicago: A Study of Their Formation and Influence,” which is funded by the National Science Foundation. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2001 and joined the Department of Sociology at City College in 2006 after holding previous posts at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the U.S. Census Bureau. She is also appointed in Sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY.

  • Education

    B.A. Goucher College; M.A., Ph.D. Columbia University

  • Courses Taught

    Classical Sociological Theory
    Honors Senior Seminar and Thesis in International Studies
    Immigration and the EU
    Race and Ethnicity in International Perspective
    Social Foundations of International Studies

  • Research Interests

    International Migration; Development; Inequality; Race and Ethnicity; Social Networks; Urban Sociology

  • Publications

    Modern Migrations: Gujarati Indian Networks in New York and London. Stanford University Press, 2011.

    Key Concepts in Migration (with David Bartram). Sage Publications, forthcoming, 2012. 

    “A Social Networks Approach to Migrant Mobilization in Southern Europe,” American Behavioral Scientist, special issue on Mediterranean Political Processes, 2008. 

    “Networks of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Economic Concentrations of Asian Indian Immigrants in New York and London.” in DiTomaso, Nancy and Corinne Post, eds. Diversity in the Workforce in Research in the Sociology of Work, Elsevier, 2004. 

    “The Role of Migrant Networks in Linking Local Labour Markets: The Case of Asian Indian Migration to New York and London,” Global Networks, 2001. 

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