Raul S. Casarez

Raul S. Casarez is a doctoral candidate in Department of Sociology at Rice University. His research focuses on unpacking the complex ways in which group boundaries and experiences associated with race, ethnicity, and immigration (re)produce social inequality, shape identity formation, and regulate social distance from perceived outsiders. His dissertation examines the symbiotic relationship between racial and national identity and its association with attitudes and treatment of perceived others, particularly immigrants and racial out-group members. His work has been published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and The Sociological Quarterly.


Casarez, Raul S. 2020. “This Land is (not) Your Land: Racial Boundaries and Ascripted Americanness in the Formation of Attitudes about Immigrants.” The Sociological Quarterly (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00380253.2020.1804813)

O’ Connell, Heather, Jenifer L. Bratter, and Raul S. Casarez. 2020. “One Drop on the Move: Historical Legal Context, Racial Classification, and Migration.” Ethnic and Racial Studies (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01419870.2020.1761554)

Rose, Mary R., Raul S. Casarez, and Carmen M. Gutierrez. 2018. “Jury Pool Underrepresentation in the Modern Era: Evidence from Federal Courts.” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 15(2): 378-405.

Research Areas

Race, Ethnicity, Immigration, Social Inequality, Boundary Making, Social Stratification


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