Steven Gold


Steven Gold

  • Title: Professor
  • Email:    Phone: 517-353-6352
  • Office: 462 Berkey Hall

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 eight 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, co-edited with Stephanie Nawyn (Routledge 2013); and The Routledge Handbook of International Migration Studies, Second Edition, co-edited with Stephanie Nawyn (Routledge, Forthcoming). 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 22 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 Areas: Community and Urban; Migration
Selected Publications:

Steven J. Gold, “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), January 2018.

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

Gold, Steven. 2015. “Arab American Reflections on Documentary Images of their Community: A Photo-Elicitation Study.” Visual Studies 30(3): 228-243.

Gold, Steven. 2014. “Contextual and Family Determinants of Immigrant Women's Self-Employment: The Case of Vietnamese, Russian-Speaking Jews, and Israelis.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 43(2): 228-255.

Gold, Steven, and Stephanie Nawyn. 2013. "The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies." New York, NY: Routledge.

Gold, Steven. 2012."The Store in the Hood: A Century of Ethnic Business and Conflict." Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield.

Gold, Steven. 2002. "The Israeli Diaspora." New York, NY: Routledge.

Gold, Steven, and Ivan Light. 2000. "Ethnic Economies." Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.

Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Russell Sage Foundation, 2000 (with Rubén G. Rumbaut and Nancy Foner). Paperback edition, 2003

From the Workers’ State to the Golden State: Jews from the Former Soviet Union in California, Allyn and Bacon, 1995.

Refugee Communities: A Comparative Field Study, Sage, 1992.

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