Steven Gold

Steven  Gold
  • Professor, Grad Program Director
  • Department of Sociology
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1980
  • B.A. in Sociology and Psychology with highest honors and college honors, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1977
  • Sociology and Psychology major, Brandeis University, 1973-1975
  • 462 Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI, 48823
  • 517-353-6352


Steven Gold


Steven J. Gold is Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. His scholarly interests include international migration, ethnic economies, ethnic community development, qualitative field methods and visual sociology. Gold is the author, co-author or co-editor of eight books including The Israeli Diaspora(Routledge/University of Washington Press 2002) which won the Thomas and Znaniecki Award from the ASA’s International Migration Section for the best book on international migration in 2003. His book Ethnic Economies, co-authored with Ivan Light of UCLA, has received over 1000 Google Scholar citations. The chair of 22 PhD dissertations and author of over 150 journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews, Gold received the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Sociology from the Michigan Sociology Association in 2007, was a Visiting Scholar for the Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master’s in International Migration and Social Cohesion program at the University of Amsterdam and University of Osnabruck during Fall 2014 and received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association, International Migration, Section in 2019.


  • African and African American Studies
  • Asian and Asian Pacific American Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Chicano Latino Studies


Edited Volumes

The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies, Second Edition (with Stephanie Nawyn) Routledge, 2019

Refereed Journal Articles

“Israeli Infotech Migrants in Silicon Valley,” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, New Immigrant Labor Market Niches Vol 4, Issue 1. Susan Eckstein and Giovanni Peri (editors) 4(1), 130–148 (2018).

“A Critical Race Theory Approach to Black American Entrepreneurship” Ethnic and Racial Studies, special issue on Ethnic Entrepreneurship in Critical and Comparative Perspective, Zulema Valdez and Mary Romero (eds), Published online: 24 Mar 2016. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1159708

“Patterns of Adaptation among Contemporary Jewish Immigrants to the US,” American Jewish Yearbook , Edited by Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin, Vol 115. 2016: Ch 1, 3-44, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-24505-8

“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 online 9-17-2015.

“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.

Book Chapters

“Migration” (with Ramona Fruja), pp. 1409-1410 in Marc H. Bornstein (ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, DOI:, 2018.

“Russian Speaking Jews and Israeli Emigrants in the US: A Comparison of Migrant Populations,” 103-122 in Zvi Gitleman (ed.). The New Jewish Diaspora: Russian-Speaking Immigrants in the United States, Israeli and Germany. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016.

“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. (ISBN 9781405189781) DOI:10.002/978118663202.wberen147

“Race and Ethnic Consciousness,” (with Paula Miller), George Ritzer (ed.), Wiley/Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Second Edition, Malden MA, John Wiley and Sons, 2015, DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405124331.2007.x

“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.

“Detroit’s Arab American Community,” pp. 296-297 in Joseph F. Healey and Eileen O’Brien. Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class: The Sociology of Group Conflict and Change Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage 2015.

“Liabilities and Benefits Associated with the Involvement of Undocumented Immigrants in Informal Entrepreneurship in the US,” in Ramadani, Veland, Dana, Léo-Paul, Ratten, Vanessa and Bexheti, Abdylmenaf, (eds). Informal Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Future Research Paradigms for Creating Innovative Business Activity. Springer ISBN : 978-3-319-99063-7, 2019.