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The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race

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Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00am


Thompson Hall - Room 420

In this talk, based on her book The Limits of Whiteness (2017, Stanford University Press), sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the curious, under-theorized story of how Iranian Americans move across a white/not-white color line.

By contextualizing her ethnographic data with neglected historical and legal records, she offers new evidence for how a “white” American immigrant group may come to be “brown,” and what such a transformation says about race in the U.S. today.

Born in New York City and raised in Portland, Oregon, Neda Maghbouleh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research addresses the lives of racialized refugees and immigrants in North America, including a new study of Syrian war refugees in Toronto, funded by SSHRC and the Government of Canada, Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.


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