Degree: University of California, Berkeley, 1985
Steven J. Gold is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Educated at Brandeis University, UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley, his interests include international migration, ethnic economies, ethnic community development and qualitative field methods. The past president of the International Visual Sociology Association, and past chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, Gold is the author, co-author or co-editor of seven books including Refugee Communities: A Comparative Field Study (Sage 1992); From The Workers’ State to The Golden State (Allyn and Bacon 1995); Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives with Rubén G. Rumbaut and Nancy Foner (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000); Ethnic Economies with Ivan Light (Academic Press, 2000); The Store in the Hood: A Century of Ethnic Business and Conflict (Roman and Littlefield 2010) and The Routledge Handbook of International Migration Studies (Routledge 2013) co-edited with Stephanie Nawyn. His book, The Israeli Diaspora (Routledge/University of Washington Press 2002) won the Thomas and Znaniecki Award from the ASA’s International Migration Section for the best book on international migration in 2003. Together with Rubén G. Rumbaut, Gold was the editor of The New Americans book series from LFB Academic Publishers which included over 100 volumes. He has published numerous articles about visual sociology. His photographs have appeared in many sociological monographs, journals and textbooks and are part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Library and the Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York City. The chair of 21 PhD dissertations and author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, Gold received the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Sociology from the Michigan Sociology Association.