Dr. Sue’s research focuses on the areas of race, ethnicity, and immigration, with a regional focus on the United States and Latin America. She recently published a co-authored book, Durable Ethnicity, which examines various dimensions of the Mexican American experience, including ethnic and national identity construction, language use, and political views. Her prior book, Land of the Cosmic Race, examines how national ideologies in Mexico influence Mexicans’ understandings of racism, race mixture, racial identity, and blackness. She was also part of an international team of researchers based in Latin America who have designed and implemented a comparative survey on racial attitudes in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, and is leading a team on the study of Afro-Mexicans as part of that project. Her current work examines the origins and effects of new ethnoracial identities and government classification systems in Mexico.
Race and ethnic relations, Racial and ethnic identities, Immigration, National Ideologies, Latinxs, Latin America, Mexican Americans, assimilation, Mexico, Census
SOCY 1021 - United States Race and Ethnic Relations
Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Examines how concepts of race and ethnicity have manifested historically and manifest currently in U.S. society. Covers foundational concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, and privilege. Also addresses the structural causes and consequences of race and ethnicity in various aspects of U.S. society, such as the housing market, the criminal justice system, and education.
SOCY 6121 - Qualitative Methods
Training in the systematic observation of people in situations, finding them where they are, staying with them in a role acceptable to them that allows intimate observations of behavior. Students report their findings in ways useful to social science but not harmful to those observed.