A Bit About Me
My name, Chinyere [CHEEN-yair-ay] means "God gave" in the Igbo language. I am the daughter of Nigerian immigrants who calls Chicago and Owerri home.
I have written about Black people around the world understand their interactions with racial and ethnic others. This includes everything from interracial marriage in the USA and Brazil, understanding the movement for immigrant rights, and Africans in the nursing profession.
I have given talks about interracial marriage and dating. I have also given keynotes about navigating life as a Black person in academia.
I am a Visiting Associate Professor at University of Maryland-College Park in African American Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University–Camden in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice.
PhD Sociology. UCLA
MA Sociology. Harvard
BA Sociology and Spanish. UIUC
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2019. Boundaries of Love: Interracial Marriage and the Meaning of Race. New York: NYU Press.
2019. “Freedom and Frustration: Rachel Dolezal and the Meaning of Race.” Contexts: Sociology for the Public. Based on the blog post entitled “Rachel Dolezal: ‘Negra Frustrada’ (Frustrated Black Woman)” located here.
2019. Comment, “Cross-Domain Comparison and the Politics of Difference” by Rogers Brubaker and Matías Fernández. British Journal of Sociology.
2016. “An African/Nigerian-American Studying Black-White Couples in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro” in Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the USA and Brazil. Edited by Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman and Gladys Mitchell-Walthour. Palgrave: New York, 123-138
(With Sylvia Zamora) 2014. “Mobilizing African Americans for Immigrant Rights: Framing Strategies in Two Multi-Ethnic Coalitions.” Latino Studies, 12: 424-448.
2010. “Building Power for ‘Non-Citizen Citizenship:’ A Case Study of The Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network (MIWON).” In Ruth Milkman, Joshua Bloom, and Victor Narro (ed.) Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy, Cornell University Press.
Talks and Media
I am available for speaking engagements, keynotes, and lectures. Below are some of my previous speaking engagements.
Please hit the contact button at the top to arrange a talk or appearance at your institution.