Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D
Sociologist - Scholar - Professor - Musician
Ali R. Chaudhary
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
I am a sociologist based at Rutgers University in New Jersey. I write and teach about race, immigration, politics, civil society, and most recently, the sociology of music.
I earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California-Davis and am currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick (New Jersey). I am also a research fellow at the International Migration Institute based at the University of Amsterdam.
Before coming to Rutgers, I was a Marie Curie post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
See a short video I produced while at Oxford to showcase my EU-funded Marie Curie ITN postdoctoral research.
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Research & Scholarship
My primary areas of research include the sociology of race & immigration, civic engagement, organizations, and most recently, music and popular culture. I am currently working on a number of projects seeking to interrogate the social constructions and consequences of ascriptive categories (e.g. race, nationality, ethnicity, nativity, etc.) for minority groups in North America and Europe. In my latest research, I use insights gleaned from my earlier scholarship to investigate how ascriptive boundaries and social categories shape the production, advertising, and consumption of popular cultural objects, places, and experiences. This line of research currently focuses on the racial and gendered boundaries embedded in the electric guitar.
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In addition to research, teaching, and scholarship, I frequently perform in the NYC metro area as a guitarist specializing in jazz, neo-soul, reggae, and improvised music. More recently, my academic pursuits and interests in music have converged as I am embarking on a systematic study of the short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the well-being of professional musicians in Greater New York City.
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Ways to get in touch
Ali R. Chaudhary, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
26 Nichol Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901