Maria Abascal

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Columbia University

I'm an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. I recently completed a postdoc in the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. I received my PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University.
Broadly, I am interested in intergroup relations and boundary processes, especially as they pertain to race, ethnicity and nationalism. My dissertation explores the impact of Hispanic population growth––real and perceived––on relations between Blacks and Whites in the United States. My research draws on a range of quantitative methods and data sources, including original lab, survey, and field experiments. Other research projects deal with the consequences of diversity, the determinants of skin color perception, the sources of the criminal immigrant stereotype, the predictors of immigrant naturalization, and the geographic distribution of patriotic behaviors.