Dr. Chinyere Osuji is a Visiting Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Maryland-College Park. Her research examines how Africans and Afro-descendants negotiate ethnic and racial boundaries and its implications for justice and equity.

Her first book, Boundaries of Love: Interracial Marriage and the Meaning of Race (2019, NYU Press) compares how Black-White couples in Brazil and the United States understand and negotiate racial boundaries. Boundaries of Love relies on over 100 interviews with Black-White couples in the United States and Brazil to compare how national ideologies, gender and other social categories yield particular meanings of race and race-mixing.

She is currently conducting interviews with first and second-generation African immigrants in the nursing profession to understand ethnoracial boundaries and white supremacy in the nursing profession from a critical and intersectional perspective. This project will provide a new lens to understand the racial politics of healthcare and the role of nursing in addressing health inequalities-- issues made more salient with the Covid-19 pandemic making these issues more salient.

Dr. Osuji’s research has won awards from the Population Association of America and the American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.


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    Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
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    M.A., Sociology. Harvard University
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    B.A., Sociology and Spanish, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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cosuji [at] umd.edu