Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her work focuses on the comparative study of immigration: comparing immigration today with earlier periods in the United States, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities, and immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe. She has written extensively on immigration to New York City, past and present, as well as West Indian migration to New York and London, especially on issues of race and ethnicity, gender, and family dynamics.
Dr. Foner is the author or editor of 18 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. Her books include Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe (Princeton University Press, 2015, coauthored with Richard Alba), Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity: Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe, (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015, coedited with Patrick Simon), In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration (NYU Press, 2005, Choice Outstanding Title for 2006), and From Ellis Island to JFK: New York’s Two Great Waves of Immigration (Yale University Press, 2000, winner of the Theodore Saloutos Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society).
She was the 2014-15 president of the Eastern Sociological Society, and has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2011, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.