Tomás R. Jiménez

Professor of Sociology
Founding Co-director, Stanford Institute on Race
PhD, Harvard University, 2005
AM, Harvard University, 2001
BS, Santa Clara University, 1998
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Tomás Jiménez is a Professor of Sociology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and the founding co-director of Stanford's Institute on race.  He is also the director of the Qualitative Initiative in the Immigration Policy Lab. His research and writing focus on immigration, policy, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. His latest book, States of Belonging: Immigration Policies, Attitudes, and Inclusion (Russell Sage Foundation Press) (with Deborah SchildkrautYuen Ho, and John Dovidio) uses survey data (with an embedded experiment) and in-depth interviews to understand how state-level immigration policies shape belonging among Latino immigrants, US-born Latinos, and US-born whites in Arizona and New Mexico. The American Sociological Association’s Population Section selected the book for its Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished Book Award. His second book, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life (University of California Press, 2017), uses interviews from a race and class spectrum of Silicon Valley residents to show how a relational form of assimilation changes both newcomers (immigrants and their children) and established individuals (people born in the US to US-born parents).  His first book, Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity(University of California Press, 2010), draws on interviews and participant observation to understand how uninterrupted Mexican immigration influences the ethnic identity of later-generation Mexican Americans. Professor Jiménez has also published his research in Science, American Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of Sociology, American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesSocial ProblemsInternational Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial StudiesSocial Science QuarterlyDuBois ReviewSocial Currents, Qualitative Sociology, and the Annual Review of Sociology.

Professor Jiménez also researches immigration policy with Stanford's Immigration Policy Lab, directing the Lab's Qualitative Initiative to integrate qualitative and quantitive approaches in research to have policy impact. Current projects examine naturalization, refugee resettlement, and health and language access.

In other lines of research, Professor Jiménez and Sofia Avila examine how immigration becomes part of American national identity by studying a sample of high school US history textbooks from 1930-2007. This research employs hand-coding and computer-assisted text analysis of the textbook sample. 

Professor Jiménez has taught at the University of California, San Diego. He was the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer (2017-19). He has also been an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation and a Sage Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS). He was the American Sociological Association Congressional Fellow in the office of US Rep. Michael Honda, where he served as a legislative aide for immigration, veterans’ affairs, housing, and election reform. His writing on policy has appeared in reports for the Immigration Policy Center and the Migration Policy Institute. He has written editorials on immigration in several major news outlets, including The Washington PostLos Angeles Times,, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Hill, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has also offered commentary for media outlets, including NBC News, National Public Radio, and Univision.

Latest Publications

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Jiménez, Tomás R. and César Nuñez Vargas (equal co-authors). 2023 “Public attitudes towards municipal Offices of Immigration Affairs.” American Political Science Review.

Higuera, Kimberly and Tomás R. Jiménez. 2023. “Mechanism Mapping: A Qualitative Study of how different forms of Instability Mediate the Relationship between Legal Status and Immigrant Mental Well-being.” Social Science & Medicine. 329.

Jiménez, Tomás R. 2018. “Tracking a Changing America across the Generations after Immigration.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 677(1): 119-130.

Schildkraut, Deborah J., Tomás R. Jiménez, Huo, Yuen J., and John F. Dovidio. 2019. “A Tale of Two States: How State Immigration Climate Affects Belonging to State and Country among Latinos” Social Problems 66(3): 332–355.

Huo, Yuen J., John F. Dovidio, Tomás R. Jiménez, and Deborah J. Schildkraut. 2018. “Local Policy Proposals Can Bridge Latino and (Most) White Americans’ Response to Immigration.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115(5): 945-950.

Huo, Yuen J., John F. Dovidio, Tomás R. Jiménez, and Deborah J. Schildkraut “Not Just a National Issue: Effect of State-Level Reception of Immigrants and

Population Changes on Intergroup Attitudes of Whites, Latinos, and Asians in the U.S.” Journal of Social Issues.

Huo, Yuen J., John F. Dovidio, Tomás R. Jiménez, and Deborah J. Schildkraut. 2018. “Not Just a National Issue: Effect of State-Level Reception of Immigrants and

Population Changes on Intergroup Attitudes of Whites, Latinos, and Asians in the U.S.” Journal of Social Issues 74(4): 716-736.

Jiménez, Tomás R. “Tracking a Changing America Across the Generations After Immigration.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 677(1): 119-130.

Jiménez, Tomás R., Julie Park and Juan Pedroza. forthcoming “The New Third Generation: Post-1965 Immigration and the Next Chapter in the Long Story of Assimilation.” International Migration Review.

Jiménez, Tomás R. 2016 “Fade to Black: Multiple Symbolic Boundaries in ‘Black/Brown’ Contact.” DuBois Review. 13(1): 159-180.  

Jiménez, Tomás R. and Adam L. Horowitz. 2015. “Whitewashing Academic Mediocrity.” Contexts, 14(3): 38-43

Jiménez, Tomás R., Corey D. Fields, Ariela Schachter. 2015.  “How Ethnoraciality Matters: The View Inside Ethnoracial “Groups.’” Social Currents. 2(2): 107-115.

Park, Julie, Dowell Myers and Tomás R. Jiménez. 2014.  “Intergenerational Advancement of the Mexican-origin Population in California and Texas Relative to a Changing U. S. Mainstream.” International Migration Review. (Summer): 1–40.

Alba, Richard, Tomás R. Jiménez and Helen Marrow.  2014.  “Mexican Americans as a Paradigm for Contemporary Intragroup Heterogeneity.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37(3): 446-466 

Jiménez, Tomás R. and Adam L. Horowitz. 2013.  “When White is Just Alright: How Immigrants Redefine Achievement and Reconfigure the Ethnoracial Hierarchy.” American Sociological Review, 78(5): 849-871

Jiménez, Tomás R. 2010 “Affiliative Ethnic Identity: A More Elastic link between Ethnic Ancestry and Culture.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33(10): 1756-1775.

Linton, April and Tomás R. Jiménez. 2009.  “Contexts for Bilingualism among U.S.-born Latinos.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 32(6): 967-95.

Jiménez, Tomás R.  2010. “Mexican-Immigrant Replenishment and the Continuing Significance of Ethnicity and Race.” American Journal of Sociology, 113(6): 1527-1567.

*Distinguished Contribution to Research - Best Article Award – American Sociological Association’s Sociology Section on Latino/Latina Sociology, 2010*

Jiménez, Tomás R. and David Fitzgerald. 2007.  “Mexican Assimilation:  A Temporal and Spatial Reorientation.” Du Bois Review, 4(2): 337-354.

Jiménez, Tomás R.  2007.  “Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Mexican Immigration: The Mexican American Perspective.” Social Science Quarterly, 88(3): 599-618.

Waters, Mary C. and Tomás R. Jiménez.  2005.  “Assessing Immigrant Assimilation: New Empirical and Theoretical Challenges.” Annual Review of Sociology, 31: 105-125.

Jiménez, Tomás R. and Marlene Orozco. forthcoming. “Prompts, not Questions: Four Techniques for Crafting Better Interview Protocols.” Qualitative Sociology


Jiménez, Tomás R. Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity. 2010.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

*Distinguished Book Award - American Sociological Association’s Section on Latino/Latina Sociology, 2011*


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