316 Berkey Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Associate Chair Steven J. Gold
Steven J. Gold is professor and associate chair 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 19 PhD dissertations and author of 100 journal articles and book chapters, Gold received the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Sociology from the Michigan Sociology Association.
- Ethnic Economies and Communities, Ethnic Conflict.
Steven J. Gold “Israelis and Israeli Americans, 1940-Present” in Elliot Barkan (ed.) Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation and Integration, Volume 3, pp. 1029-1039, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio, 2013.
Steven J. Gold “Enhanced Agency for Recent Jewish Migrants to the US,” Contemporary Jewry v.1 33, No. 1-2 April-July 2013, pp. 145-167.
"Undocumented Immigrants and Self Employment in the Informal Economy," pp 167-190 in Lois Ann Lorentzen (ed). Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration, Volume 3: Economic, Politics and Morality. Santa Barbara CA: Prager, 2014
Gold, Steven J. “Arab American Reflections on Documentary Images of their Community: A Photo-Elicitation Study,” Visual Studies 30:3, 228-243, DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2015.1017348. Published on line 9-17-2015.
Steven J. Gold “Adaptation and Return among Israeli Enclave and Infotech Entrepreneurs” Research in the Sociology of Work: Special Issue on Immigration and Work, Apr 2015; 203-229.
Awards and Honors
Recipient of a Scholarship from the Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master Program in International Migration and Social Cohesion (MISOCO) 2014
Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Sociology, Michigan Sociology Association, East Lansing, October 2007
Award for Exemplary Work for the Mid-Michigan International Community from the American Red Cross and Refugee Services, Lansing Michigan, March 22, 2007
The Israeli Diaspora receives American Sociological Association International Migration Section Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award, for Best Book in International Migration, 2003