American Sociological Association Gives Career Award to Princeton’s Patricia Fernández-Kelly

Patricia Fernández-Kelly a professor of sociology at Princeton University in New Jersey, has received the 2020 Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology from the American Sociological Association.

The award honors outstanding contributions to sociological practice and work that has facilitated, or served as a model for, the work of others in sociology or outside the discipline.

Professor Fernández-Kelly is a social anthropologist with an interest in international economic development, gender, class and ethnicity, and urban ethnography. She is a research associate at the Office of Population Research and also is the director of the Center for Migration and Development.

Dr.  Fernández-Kelly is the author or co-author of 13 books, and she has written extensively on migration, economic restructuring, women in the labor force, and race and ethnicity. Among her many books are For We Are Sold, I and My People: Women and Industry in Mexico’s Frontier (State University of New York Press, 1983) and The Hero’s Fight: African Americans in West Baltimore and the Shadow of the State (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Professor Fernández-Kelly earned a Ph.D. in art history at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She earned a master’s degree and a second Ph.D. in social anthropology from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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