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Why Don't South Asians in the US Count As “Asian”? Factors Shaping Anti-South Asian Racism in the US

Prema Kurien, Bandana Purkayastha

"Why Don't South Asians in the U.S. Count As 'Asian'?: Global and Local Factors Shaping Anti-South Asian Racism in the United States," co-authored by Professor of Sociology Prema Kurien, was published in Sociological Inquiry.

February 20, 2024

Maxwell Sociologists Honored and Elected to Leadership Positions at ASA Annual Meeting

Prema Kurien and Janet M. Wilmoth received awards, and several faculty colleagues were elected to roles in the American Sociological Association. 

October 4, 2023

Kurien Quoted in Texas Standard Article on Immigrant Churches in Diaspora Network, US Church Growth

Prema Kurien, professor of sociology, says there is a logical reason why immigrant groups exhibit higher rates of religiosity. “Immigration and relocation from a familiar context to something completely unfamiliar is a theologizing experience,” Kurien says. “It raises existential questions—things that people don’t think about when they are in their home country with a familiar community.”

September 14, 2023

As a New Leader Takes the Helm, South Asia Center Receives Over $1 Million in Federal Grants

Prema Kurien was named director of the center as it received funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

December 19, 2022

Kurien quoted in Washington Post article on Harris's vice presidential nomination

"Trump knows this is an important, wealthy group, and I’m sure that’s why he’s seeking their support," says Prema Kurien, professor of sociology, of Trump's courting of the Indian American vote.

August 13, 2020

Even More Connections

The Maxwell Citizenship Initiative aims to identify common interests in citizenship issues among faculty and students throughout the school, and then to provide new avenues and support for sharing ideas and collaborating. “Our goal,” says Prema Kurien, professor of sociology and one of the founders of the project, “is to create faculty clusters based on research interests.”

February 10, 2018

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Kurien discusses multiracialism in megachurches in Religion & Politics

Prema Kurien, professor and chair of sociology, examines how immigrants are influenced by, and in turn shape, U.S. megachurches in her article, "The 'Browning' of American Megachurches," published in Religion & Politics. "Nondenominational evangelical megachurches have become a ubiquitous feature of the American religious landscape, and there has been a lot of discussion about how they are 'remaking' American religious traditions," says Kurien. "But American evangelicalism has also had a profound impact on the church lives of contemporary immigrants and their children." 
January 23, 2018

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Maxwell announces new chair appointments

The Maxwell School has appointed new chairs for the departments of anthropology, economics, history, international relations (undergraduate), political science and sociology, as well as an interim chair of social science. 

November 1, 2017

SU shines at American Sociological Association meeting in Montreal

“We are honored to participate in this year’s annual meeting, which seeks to promote greater social inclusion and resilience, collective well-being and solidarity, both here and abroad,” says Prema Kurien, professor and chair of sociology.

August 14, 2017

Everything We Do Touches On This

Gearing up for its centennial in 2024, the Maxwell School is building on its legacy as a school of citizenship — with a new wave of initiatives in teaching, research, and public service centered on citizenship, known collectively as the Tenth Decade Project.  
December 22, 2015

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Kaleidoscopic Ethnicity

Prema Kurien
December 31, 2002

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