Maritsa V. Poros

Professor, Sociology


Main Affiliation



North Academic Center







Maritsa Poras

Maritsa V. Poros


Maritsa V. Poros specializes in migration and refugees, social networks, gender, and inequalities. 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 and in 2014 she co-authored Key Concepts in Migration, published with SAGE. 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 taught Refugee Studies at the University of East London and is appointed in Sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY.


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

Courses Taught

Classical Sociological Theory

Honors Senior Seminar and Thesis in International Studies

Human Mobility and Social Change

Immigration and the EU

Introduction to Sociology

Race and Ethnicity in International Perspective

Science of Sex and Gender


Research Interests

Migration and Refugees; Development; Gender; Inequality; Race and Ethnicity; Social Networks; Urban Sociology


"Nativism: A Global-Historical Perspective" in Steve Gold and Stephanie Nawyn.  International Handbook of Migration Studies. 2d edition, Routledge, 2019.

Key Concepts in Migration (with David Bartram and Pierre Monforte). Sage Publications, 2014. (translated into Turkish and Korean)

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

“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.