Department of Sociology
University of British Columbia
Office: AnSo 3115
Phone: (604) 822-4845
Ph.D., A.M., Harvard University
M.Phil., Oxford University
B.A., Yale University
Ethnic and Racial Inequality, Immigration, Introduction to Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods.
Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Latino/a Studies, Genetics and Society, Multiracial Identities and Populations, Racial Classification, Inequality, Social Stratification, Urban Poverty, Research Methods.
About Race Migrations:
In this groundbreaking study of Puerto Rican and Dominican migration to the United States, Wendy D. Roth explores the influence of migration on changing cultural conceptions of race—for the newcomers, for their host society, and for those who remain in the countries left behind. Just as migrants can gain new language proficiencies, they can pick up new understandings of race. But adopting an American idea about race does not mean abandoning earlier ideas. New racial schemas transfer across borders and cultures spread between sending and host countries.
Behind many current debates on immigration is the question of how Latinos will integrate and where they fit into the U.S. racial structure. Race Migrations shows that these migrants increasingly see themselves as a Latino racial group. Although U.S. race relations are becoming more "Latin Americanized" by the presence of Latinos and their views about race, race in the home countries is also becoming more "Americanized" through the cultural influence of those who go abroad. Ultimately, Roth shows that several systems of racial classification and stratification co-exist in each place, in the minds of individuals and in their shared cultural understandings of "how race works."
The interest that motivates much of my current research is how social processes like immigration, intermarriage, or interpretations of new technologies challenge racial boundaries and transform classification systems. My focus in this area is usually tied to its implications for stratification and race relations. I am interested in how concepts of race and ethnicity change and how those changes shape actual social interactions and relations between ethnic and racial groups.
My research is often multidisciplinary in orientation. I was a Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 2000-2006 and a Junior Early Career Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in 2007-2008. My interests often lie in the intersection between sociology and such fields as political science, social policy, economics, anthropology, organizational behaviour, and biology.
I am also interested in comparative and transnational research, and in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Some of my current and ongoing projects include:
Roth, Wendy D. and Nadia Y. Kim. Forthcoming. “Relocating Prejudice: A Transnational Approach to Understanding Immigrants’ Racial Attitudes.” International Migration Review
Roth, Wendy D. 2013. “A Single Shade of Negro: Henry Louis Gates’s Depictions of Blackness in the Dominican Republic.” Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 8(1): 95-99
Golbeck, Natasha and Wendy D. Roth. 2012. "Aboriginal Claims: DNA Ancestry Testing and Changing Concepts of Indigeneity." Pp. 415-432 in Biomapping Indigenous Peoples: Toward an Understanding of the Issues, edited by Susanne Berthier-Foglar, Sheila Collingwood-Whittick, and Sandrine Tolazzi. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
Roth, Wendy D., Marc-David Seidel, Dennis Ma and Eiston Lo. 2012. "In and Out of the Ethnic Economy: A Longitudinal Analysis of Ethnic Networks and Pathways to Economic Success across Immigrant Categories."International Migration Review 42(2): 310-360
Kenyon, Kristi, Hélène Frohard-Dourlent, and Wendy D. Roth. 2012. “Falling between the Cracks: Ambiguities of International Student Status in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Higher Education 42(1): 1-24.
Roth, Wendy D. and Gerhard Sonnert. 2011. "The Costs and Benefits of 'Red Tape': Anti-Bureaucratic Structure and Gender Inequity in a Science Research Organization." Social Studies of Science 41(3):385-409.
Roth, Wendy D. 2010. “Racial Mismatch: The Divergence Between Form and Function in Data for Monitoring Racial Discrimination of Hispanics.” Social Science Quarterly 91(5): 1288-1311.
Roth, Wendy D. 2009. "'Latino Before the World:' The Transnational Extension of Panethnicity." Ethnic and Racial Studies 32(6): 927-947.
Roth, Wendy D. 2009. "Transnational Racializations: The Extension of Racial Boundaries from Receiving to Sending Societies." Pp. 228-244 in How the United States Racializes Latinos: At Home and Abroad, edited by Jose A. Cobas, Jorge Duany, and Joe Feagin. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
Roth, Wendy D. 2008. "'There Is No Discrimination Here': Understanding Latinos' Perceptions of Color Discrimination through Sending-Receiving Society Comparison." Pp. 205-234 in Racism in the 21st Century: A Question of Color, edited by Ronald E. Hall. New York: Springer Press.
Roth, Wendy D. 2005. "The End of the One-Drop Rule? Labeling of Multiracial Children in Black Intermarriages." Sociological Forum, 20(1):35-67.
Newman, Katherine S., Cybelle Fox, David Harding, Jal Mehta, and Wendy Roth. 2004. Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings. New York: Basic Books.
Roth, Wendy D. and Jal D. Mehta. 2002. "The Rashomon Effect: Combining Positivist and Interpretive Approaches in the Analysis of Contested Events" Sociological Methods & Research 31(2):131-173.