Steven Gold

Graduate Program Director - Sociology

Dr. Steven J. Gold is Professor and Graduate Program Director 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); Et

hnic Economies with Ivan Light (Academic Press, 2000); The Store in the Hood: A Century of Ethnic Business and Conflict (Roman and Littlefield 2010); 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, 2019). 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. The chair of 22 PhD dissertations, Gold received The Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association, International Migration Section, in 2019.

Steven Gold is Rebecca Karam's mentor.