Alex Stepick, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University.
Dr. Stepick's research interests include social inequalities, immigration, diaspora, race and ethnicity, urban studies, and Mexico and the Caribbean. He is the Director of the Immigration and Ethnicity Institute (IEI) at the Center for Labor Research and Studies at Florida International University. He is also the Acting Director of the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP). IEI’s focus is research on immigration and ethnicity, particularly in South Florida. RISEP is engaged in social justice research and works with local grassroots organizations to provide socially scientifically valid data and analysis that advances social justice in the local community. Both institutes seek to provide training and experience in methods and analysis to students. Previously, he was the Director of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at FIU. In 2009, he completed his sabbatical and a Fulbright Fellowship at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. In addition, he attended numerous conferences and was invited to give lectures through out Europe on various topics concerning international migration and migrant integration.
His latest book, Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City (Rutgers University Press, 2009) is an application of social capital theory to religious congregations. Currently, he is working on a critique of segmented assimilation, a comparison of second generation immigrant adaptation in Amsterdam and Miami (with Maurice Crul and Frans Lelie of the University of Amsterdam) and on a comparison between the U.S. and Europe of the role of religion in immigrant integration (with Tuomas Martikainen of Abö University in Finland). He is also completing a couple of articles with Carol Dutton Stepick and one of his graduate students, Patricia Vanderkooy, on diaspora identities. In the near future, Dr. Stepick expects to be developing a comparative urban project between Miami and Portland, Oregon.
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