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.
Degree DetailsPh.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
Degree DetailsM.A., Sociology. Harvard University
Degree DetailsB.A., Sociology and Spanish, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign