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Asad L. Asad is a sociologist broadly interested in social stratification; migration and immigrant incorporation; race and ethnicity; and health. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell University. In Fall 2019, he begins as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University. Asad holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.

Asad's research considers how institutions mediate various facets of inequality. His first project, based on a five-year study of Latin American-origin families in Dallas, Texas, examines how immigration law and enforcement contribute to multiple forms of inequality. This project will culminate in a book manuscript, under contract with Princeton University Press, that outlines the specific risks noncitizens associate with holding a “legal” relative to an “illegal” status. Articles based on this research appear in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Social Science & Medicine. Another project relies on large-scale survey data to study how patterns of ethno-racial inequality in Mexico relate to individuals' opportunities for lawful migration to the United States. An article from this project appears in International Migration Review.

Asad’s prior research has been published in journals such as American Behavioral Scientist, Annual Review of Sociology, Population and Environment, Qualitative Sociology, and Social Science & Medicine. His work has been recognized by a Best Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association and supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sperry Fund, as well as the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for American Political Studies, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. 

Asad earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, where he was affiliated with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Wisconsin, as well as an A.M. in Sociology from Harvard. 

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