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Ann Morning

Associate Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. 2004 (Sociology) Princeton University; M.A. 1992 (International Affairs) Columbia University; B.A. 1990 (Economics & Political Science) Yale University.

Office Address: 

Puck Building, Room 4118, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 PM


(212) 992-9569

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Race and ethnicity, especially racial classification; multiracial population; demography; sociology of knowledge and science; immigration; economic sociology.

Research Description: 

To date much of my research has focused on the historical and contemporary racial classification of groups that have not fallen neatly into the United States’ traditional black / white dichotomy. In this connection, I’ve published work on the racial self-identification and official classification of multiracial individuals and people of South Asian descent. Currently, I am studying Americans’ conceptualizations of race—that is, their understandings of what constitutes racial difference—with a particular interest in how formal education in the social and natural sciences shapes our notions of what race is. In future, I plan to consider more closely the contemporary links between racial conceptualization and classification, particularly as they inform demographic analysis.

Curriculum Vitae


2008-09 Fulbright Scholarship to University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy; 2006-07 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University; 2005 Co-Recipient, American Sociological Association Dissertation Award; 2002-03 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow.


Morning, Ann. 2011. The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.


Gullickson, Aaron, and Ann Morning. 2011. “Choosing Race: Multiracial Ancestry and Identification.” Social Science Research 40: 498-512. Click here to read.

Morning, Ann. 2009. "Toward a Sociology of Racial Conceptualization for the 21st Century." Social Forces 87(3): 1167-1192.  Click here to read.

Morning, Ann. 2008. “Reconstructing Race in Science and Society: Biology Textbooks, 1952-2002.” American Journal of Sociology 114(s1): S106-S137.  Click here to read.

Morning, Ann. 2008. “Ethnic Classification in Global Perspective: A Cross-National Survey of the 2000 Census Round.” Population Research and Policy Review 27(2): 239-272.  Click here to read.

Bolnick, Deborah A., Duana Fullwiley, Troy Duster, Richard S. Cooper, Joan H. Fujimura, Jonathan Kahn, Jay Kaufman, Jonathan Marks, Ann Morning, Alondra Nelson, Pilar Ossorio, Jenny Reardon, Susan M. Reverby, and Kimberly TallBear. 2007. “The Science and Business of Genetic Ancestry.” Science, October 19: 399-400.  Click here to read.

Morning, Ann. 2005. "Multiracial Classification on the United States Census: Myth, Reality, and Future Impact." Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales 21(2): 111-134. Click here to read.

Morning, Ann. 2005. "Keyword: Race." Contexts 4(4): 44-46. Click here to read.

Morning, Ann. 2005. "On Distinction." In Is Race Real? a web forum organized by the Social Science Research Council.

Morning, Ann. 2005. "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Census: Gearing Up For 2010." Census FAQs produced for Swirl, Inc.

Morning, Ann, and Daniel Sabbagh. 2005. "From Sword to Plowshare: Using Race for Discrimination and Antidiscrimination in the United States." International Social Science Journal  57(183): 57-73. Click here to read.

Lamont, Michèle, Ann Morning, and Margarita Mooney. 2002. “Particular Universalisms: North African Immigrants Respond to French Racism.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 25(3): 390-414.  Click here to read.

Goldstein, Joshua R., and Ann J. Morning. 2002. "Back in the Box: The Dilemma of Using Multiple-Race Data for Single-Race Laws." Pp. 119-136 in The New Race Question: How the Census Counts Multiracial Individuals, edited by Joel Perlmann and Mary C. Waters. New York: Russell Sage Foundation and Levy Economics Institute.

Morning, Ann. 2002. “New Faces, Old Faces: Counting the Multiracial Population Past and Present.” Pp. 41-67 in New Faces in a Changing America: Multiracial Identity in the 21st Century, edited by Herman DeBose and Loretta Winters. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.  Click here to read.

Del Pinal, Jorge H., Leah M. Taguba, Arthur R. Cresce, and Ann Morning. 2001. “Reporting of Two or More Races in the 1999 American Community Survey.” Working Paper No. 329 (May). Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: The Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.   Click here to read.

Morning, Ann. 2001. “The Racial Self-Identification of South Asians in the United States.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 27(1): 61-79.  Click here to read.

Tienda, Marta, and Ann Morning. 2001. "Population Composition by Ethnicity and Race in North America." Pp. 11745-9 in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes. Oxford: Pergamon.  Click here to read.

Goldstein, Joshua, and Ann Morning. 2000. “The Multiple-Race Population of the United States: Issues and Estimates.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 97(11): 6230-6235.   Click here to read.

Morning, Ann. 2000. “Who Is Multiracial? Definitions and Decisions.” Sociological Imagination 37(4): 209-229.

Updated on 03/17/2015