Tomás Jiménez

Director, Qualitative Initiative
Professor of Sociology, Stanford University



Tomás Jiménez directs the Qualitative Initiative at IPL. He is a professor of sociology and comparative studies in race and ethnicity.  He is also director of the Undergraduate Program on Urban Studies. His research and writing focus on immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. His latest book, States of Belonging: Immigration Policies, Attitudes, and Inclusion (Russell Sage Foundation Press, with Deborah Schildkraut, Yuen Ho, and John Dovidio) uses survey data (with an embedded experiment) and in-depth interviews to understand how state-level immigration policies shape belonging among Latino immigrants, U.S.-born Latinos, and U.S.-born whites in Arizona and New Mexico. His second book, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life (University of California Press, 2017), uses interviews from a race and class spectrum of Silicon Valley residents to show how a relational form of assimilation changes both newcomers (immigrants and their children) and established individuals (people born in the United States to U.S.-born parents).  His first book, Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity (University of California Press, 2010), draws on interviews and participant observation to understand how uninterrupted Mexican immigration influences the ethnic identity of later-generation Mexican Americans. The American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Latinos/as Section selected the book for its Distinguished Book Award. Professor Jiménez has also published his research in ScienceAmerican Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of Sociology, Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesSocial ProblemsInternational Migration ReviewEthnic and Racial StudiesSocial Science QuarterlyDuBois ReviewSocial Currents, Qualitative Sociology, and the Annual Review of Sociology.