Biography | Sofya Aptekar

30 Ave station around 6:30 on a Monday Sofya Aptekar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the author of The Road to Citizenship: What Naturalization Means for Immigrants and the United States, which came out in 2015 with Rutgers University Press. Sofya is working on several immigration-related projects, including a study of immigrant veterans and another on mandatory medical screenings of immigrants. She also writes on everyday dynamics of diversity in urban public spaces.

Sofya’s work has appeared in Social Problems, Sociological Forum, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnicities, Social Science Quarterly, and Citizenship Studies.Astoria

At UMass Boston, Sofya teaches undergraduate courses, such as Introduction to Sociology and Race and Ethnic Relations, and graduate courses, such as Classical Social Theory, Research Methods, and Globalization and Population Movements. Prior to her current position, Sofya worked as a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She has taught undergraduate courses at Rutgers University, Queens College, Brooklyn College, and Hunter College.

Sofya graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelors degree in Sociology and a teaching certificate, and taught elementary school in Austin,Texas before starting graduate school at Princeton University.

You can find Sofya’s blog here and Twitter musings @sofyaaptekar.