Department of Sociology, Anthropology,
and Criminal Justice
405-7 Cooper St.
Camden, NJ 08102
Dr. Chinyere Osuji is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University at Camden and is interested in the role of the family in reproducing and eradicating racial boundaries. Osuji received her PhD in Sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles, where her research focused on black-white interracial couples in Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles. Before coming to Rutgers, Osuji was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Africana Studies. Osuji’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), the Bilateral Consortium for Social Science and Public Policy (BCSP), the Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, and the Fulbright Program through the International Institute of Education. Osuji is currently completing a book manuscript based on her dissertation research in Brazil and U.S. She is examining the ways that respondents negotiate racial boundaries in: romantic relationships throughout the life course; reactions from strangers in public; natal and extended families’ integration of different-colored spouses; child racial classification; and self and spousal racial classification.
Dr. Osuji loves working with undergraduates and has trained them in both quantitative and qualitative methods. She is taking a number of undergraduates to Rio de Janeiro in the Spring to learn firsthand about race and color in the Brazilian context.