Monica McDermott

 Monica McDermott

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3094 Lincoln Hall
Associate Professor
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Monica McDermott's research focuses upon the ways in which race and class interact in the contemporary United States. She uses a variety of methodologies to analyze race/class interactions, ranging from participant observation to statistical analyses of secondary survey data and census data.

Research Interests

  • Race and ethnicity, qualitative methods, social class


  • 2001 Ph.D. Harvard University, Sociology; 1993 B.A. Villanova University, History and Sociology

Selected Publications


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Working-Class White: The Making and Unmaking of Race Relations Berkeley University of California Press 2006.

Journal Articles

McDermott, Monica Terminal Identities: The Racial Classification of Immigrants in Early 20th-Century Death Records Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2018.
Hopkins, Daniel J, Jonathan Mummalo, Victoria Esses, Cheryl R Kaiser, and Helen B Marrow Out of Context: The Absence of Spatial Variation in U.S. Immigrants' Perceptions of Discrimination Politics, Groups, and Identities 2016.
McDermott, Monica Color-Blind and Color-Visible Identities Among American Whites American Behavioral Scientist 2015.
Racial Attitudes in City, Neighborhood, and Situational Contexts The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 634 2011, p. 153-173.
Small, Mario, and Monica McDermott The Presence of Organizational Resources in Poor Urban Neighborhoods: An Analysis of Average and Contextual Effects Social Forces 84 2006, p. 1697-1724.
McDermott, Monica, and Frank L Samson White Racial and Ethnic Identity in the United States Annual Review of Sociology 31 2005, p. 245-261.

Book Contributions

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McDermott, Monica Situations Approaches to Ethnography: Analysis and Representation in Participant Observation edited by Colin Jerolmack, compiled by Shamus Khan. Situations Edited by Colin Jerolmack, Compiled by Shamus Khan, Oxford University Press 2017.
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McDermott, Monica The Importance of Demographic and Social Contexts in Determining Political Outcomes Immigrant Political Incorporation edited by Michael Jones-Correa, edited by Jennifer Hochschild, edited by Claudine Gay, edited by Jacqueline Chattopadhyay. The Importance of Demographic and Social Contexts in Determining Political Outcomes Edited by Michael Jones-Correa, Edited by Jennifer Hochschild, Edited by Claudine Gay, Edited by Jacqueline Chattopadhyay, Oxford University Press 2013.
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Black Attitudes towards Hispanic Immigrants in South Carolina Just Neighbors? Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States edited by Edward Telles, edited by Mark Sawyer. Black Attitudes towards Hispanic Immigrants in South Carolina Edited by Edward Telles, Edited by Mark Sawyer, New York Russell Sage Foundation 2011.
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Ways of Being White Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century edited by Hazel Markus, edited by Paula Moya. Ways of Being White Edited by Hazel Markus, Edited by Paula Moya, New York Norton 2010.