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Gold, Steven J.

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Steven J. Gold


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 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.

Research Interests

  • Ethnic Economies and Communities, Ethnic Conflict.

Areas of Specialization: Migration; Community and Urban

Subareas: Ethnic Community Development, Ethnic Economies, International Migration, Qualitative Field Methods, Race, Visual Sociology

Selected Publications

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

Recent Publications

Gold, Steven J. “Ethnic Economies” in John Stone, Rutledge Dennis, Polly Rizova, Anthony D. Smith, and Xiaoshuo Hou (eds.). The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, First Edition. Oxford and Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. 2016. DOI:10.002/978118663202.wberen147

Gold, Steven J. “Ethnic Enclaves,” pp. 1-18, in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Robert Scott and Stephan Kosslyn (eds.), Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2015.

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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