Asad L. Asad is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. His scholarly interests encompass social stratification; race, ethnicity, and immigration; surveillance and social control; and health. Asad's current research agenda considers how institutions—particularly U.S. immigration law and policy—reproduce multiple forms of inequality.
Asad's current research centers on three primary lines of inquiry. His first research project, a book under contract with Princeton University Press, is based on a five-year study of Latino immigrant families in Dallas, Texas. It looks at how Latino immigrants with young, U.S.-citizen children accumulate formal records as they go about their daily lives—and what these records mean to people worried about government surveillance and, ultimately, deportation. Articles from this research are published in the Law & Society Review (free version here), the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (free version here), the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the American Behavioral Scientist. A second project includes a series of journal articles that considers the health consequences of deportation threat for immigrants, their families, and their communities. One article from this research is published in Social Science & Medicine, A third project studies denaturalization, or the process of removing an immigrant's acquired citizenship, as a tool of federal immigration enforcement in the United States. This work is funded by the Russell Sage Foundation,
Asad’s prior research has been published in journals such as The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Annual Review of Sociology, the International Migration Review, Population and Environment, and Qualitative Sociology. His work has received awards from the American Sociological Association, including the Louis Wirth Award for Best Article given by the Section on International Migration, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Sperry Fund, as well as the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for American Political Studies, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
Asad earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, where he was affiliated with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Before joining the faculty at Stanford, he completed a fellowship at Cornell University's Center for the Study of Inequality. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Wisconsin, as well as an A.M. in Sociology from Harvard.