Asia Bento

Asia Bento is a sociology doctoral student, and graduate research assistant in the Racism and Racial Experiences (RARE) Workgroup at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her research examines the intersection of racism, economic sociology, and urban inequality. For example, a recent project examines how residential racial segregation shapes self-employment outcomes.


Bento, Asia and James R. Elliott. Forthcoming. “The Racially Unequal Effects of Federal Recovery Aid on Self-Employment.” Social Currents.

Bento, Asia. 2021. “When and Where Residential Racial Segregation Matters for Black Self Employment.” The Review of Black Political Economy.

  • *Winner, 2020 American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities James E. Blackwell Graduate Student Paper Award
  • *Honorable Mention, 2019 Rice University Department of Sociology’s Walter and Helen Hall Graduate Student Paper Award

Bento, Asia and Tony N. Brown. 2021 “Belief in Systemic Racism and Self-Employment among Working Blacks.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 44(1):21–38.

Research Areas

Economic Sociology, Identity, Racism, Urban Sociology