Allan Farrell

Allan Farrell is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. Broadly, his research aims to investigate how racial inequality is sustained when racial boundaries start to “blur” by exploring unique mechanisms of racial inequality and identity development among non-white and non-black groups in the United States. His dissertation utilizes original quasi-experimental online survey data and in-depth interviews with a subset of survey respondents to examine how racial ambiguity, or being racially “unreadable”, shapes both the identities and lived experiences of American adults. Through his research, Allan has developed an expertise in racial identity, racial discrimination, social psychology, qualitative, quantitative, and mixed social science research methods, and sociological theory.

Research Areas

Race and Ethnicity, Racial Discrimination, Social Inequality, Racial Identity, Social Psychology


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