Asad L. Asad

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2017
Graduation Year
Asad L. Asad

Asad L. Asad is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. His scholarly interests encompass social stratification; race, ethnicity, and immigration; surveillance and social control; and health. Asad's current research agenda considers how institutional categories—in particular, citizenship and legal status—matter for multiple forms of inequality. His book Engage and Evade: How Latino Immigrant Families Manage Surveillance in Everyday Life (Princeton University Press) examines how and why undocumented immigrants worried about deportation nonetheless engage with institutions whose records the government can use to monitor them. Additional research projects focus on the effects of immigration enforcement on health, the capacity of immigrant-serving organizations to counter the inequalities of the U.S. immigration system, and the role of the federal judiciary in immigration enforcement.

Asad's research has been published in several outlets, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Law & Society Review, International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Social Science & Medicine, among other outlets. His work has received awards from the American Sociological Association, including the Louis Wirth Award for Best Article given by the Section on International Migration, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. Asad is also a recipient of the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Teaching Award and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Book Award. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Wisconsin, and his A.M. and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.

Latest Publications


Asad, Asad L. 2023. Engage and Evade: How Latino Immigrant Families Manage Surveillance in Everyday Life. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Asad, Asad L. 2020. “On the Radar: System Embeddedness and Latin American Immigrants’ Perceived Risk of Deportation.” Law & Society Review 54(1): 133-167.

Asad, Asad L. 2019. “Deportation Decisions: Judicial Decision-Making in an American Immigration Court.” American Behavioral Scientist 63(9): 1221-1249. DOI: 10.1177/0002764219835267.

Asad, Asad L., and Eva Rosen. 2019. “Hiding within Racial Hierarchies: How Undocumented Immigrants Make Residential Decisions in an American City.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 45(11): 1857-1882. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1532787.

Asad, Asad L., and Filiz Garip. 2019. “Mexico-U.S. Migration in Time: From Economic to Social Mechanisms.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 684: 60-84. DOI: 10.1177/0002716219847148.

Asad, Asad L., and Jackelyn Hwang. 2019. “Migration to the United States from Indigenous Communities in Mexico.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 684: 120-145. DOI: 10.1177/0002716219848342.

Asad, Asad L., and Jackelyn Hwang. 2018. "Indigenous Places and the Making of Undocumented Status in Mexico-US Migration." International Migration Review.


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