New Approaches to Race & Ethnicity in Global Perspectives: A Junior Scholar Symposium

Department of Sociology, Boston University

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Noon – 5 PM

Photonics Building, 906 Colloquium Room, 8 St. Mary’s Street

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The Department of Sociology at Boston University is hosting presentations on the topic of race in global perspective. This will be part of a junior scholar symposium showcasing the work of emerging scholars (recent graduates, ABD, postdoctoral fellows or visiting assistant professors). Boston University’s Emerging Scholars Program is intended for people from racial or ethnic groups historically excluded from the academy, including African Americans, Alaska Natives, Arab Americans, Southeast Asians and Asian Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

Global perspectives in sociological study encompass a wide range of topics including migration, health and well-being, violence, climate change/environment and the geopolitical and economic consequences of colonialism. Of special interest is work that takes an intersectional approach to studying race and racism and employs a transnational or translocal framework.

The symposium will bring together emerging scholars and senior scholar discussants to explore the complex ways that race and ethnicity is experienced, understood, and theorized cross-nationally, including how race and ethnicity shapes life chances worldwide.

  • Tiffany Joseph, Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Freeden Blume Oeur, Associate Professor of Sociology and Education, Tufts University
  • Carolyn Choi PhD, Post-doctoral scholar, Center for Korean Studies, UCLA
  • Beka Guluma ABD, Department of Sociology, Stanford University
  • Yao Lu ABD, Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis
  • Aaron Yates ABD, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Pamela Zabala ABD, Department of Sociology, Duke University
  • christina ong, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh


12:00 – 12:30 Lunch Served

12:30 – Opening Remarks

12:45 – 2:15 Panel #1 Racialization and Anti-Blackness

2:15 – 2:30 Coffee Break

2:30 – 4:00 Panel #2 Race, Migration & Identity

4:00 – 4:10 Closing Remarks

Panelists and Abstracts: More information here


Questions may be addressed to the Department of Sociology at   

This event is open to all BU students and faculty. Lunch will be served.