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Mosi Ifatunji is a 2013-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity and the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has deferred his faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill in order to pursue his interests in race, culture and social stratification, as part of the NCID Diversity Research and Policy Program. Dr. Ifatunji's studies what he calls, the 'black ethnic comparative’ or various comparisons between African Americans and black immigrants. The utility of this comparative is that it provides for a quasi-experimental design where ‘racial phenotype’ (i.e., skin color, hair texture and bone structure) is held constant across different population groups, thus allowing for a examination of the degree to which various within group attributes (e.g., human capital and cultural attributes) are responsible for both black ethnic disparities and social inequality more generally. This comparative also allows him to advance theory on ‘racialization.’ Recently, some have argued that the process of racialization includes non-physical features. Since the comparative holds racial phenotype constant across different populations, his research consolidates and tests the viability of this thinking by considering the degree to which the process of racialization is different across black ethnic groups. While on fellowship, he will conduct social experiments to further test for the role of ‘perceived foreignness’ in the process of racialization. He will also work closely with James Jackson at the Program for Research on Black Americans (located in the Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research), to begin the process of creating a single portal for quantitative data on the black Diaspora, and to facilitate its use by a broad cross-section of interdisciplinary and international researchers. This portal and its associated working group will contribute to the social demography of black international migrants.


"Race is not rocket science. It is harder than rocket science."

- Christopher Edley, 2001
National Science Foundation

Mosi Ifatunji. Postdoctoral Research Fellow. University of Michiganat Ann Arbor .
National Center for Institutional Diversity. Telephone (312) 607-2825. Email: ifatunji@umich.edu.
For the latest on race, ethnicity, migration and politics follow: @ifatunji .