A Presentation by Mosi Ifatunji, PhD
One of the most common practices in the social and professional sciences is the under theorization of race in multivariate statistical models. This practice results in findings that are, at best, non-informative, and at worst, complicit in the maintenance of white supremacy. This lecture reviews these specification errors and provides a theoretical perspective for the inclusion of race in multivariate statistical models. It concludes with practical suggestions for research practitioners that include race in their models.
Dr. Ifatunji is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow at the Carolina Population Center at UNC Chapel Hill. He is also an Instructor at the UM Ann Arbor ICPSR Summer Program, where he teaches a course on Race, Ethnicity and Quantitative Methodologies, and Facilitator of the UNC Race Workshop. His research is focused at the intersection of race, culture, biology and social stratification. His current work compares African Americans to black immigrants on a range of outcomes in order to parse the relative role of race, culture and biology in the production and maintenance of social stratification. His current and forthcoming work has or will be published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the DuBois Review and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.
- Papers by Dr. Ifatunji
Harnois, Catherine E. and Mosi Ifatunji. 2011. “Gendered Measures, Gendered Models: Toward an Intersectional Analysis of Interpersonal Racial Discrimination.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 34:1006-28. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2010.516836. Ifatunji, Mosi and Catherine Harnois. 2016. “An Explanation for the Gender Gap in Perceptions of Discrimination among African Americans: Considering the Role of Gender Bias in Measurement.” Forthcoming at Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.
- Papers Recommended by Dr. Ifatunji
Stewart, Quincy Thomas. 2008. “Swimming Upstream: Theory and Methodology in Race Research.” Pp. 111-26 in White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Methodology, edited by T. Zuberi and E. Bonilla-Silva. New York, New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Stewart, Quincy Thomas and Abigail A. Sewell. 2011. “Quantifying Race: On Methods for Analyzing Social Inequality.” Pp. 209-34 in Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods, edited by J. H. Stanfield. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press.