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Deenesh Sohoni

Professor of Sociology, Director of Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies

Office: Boswell Hall 212
Email: [[dssoho]]
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Research Areas: Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Asian American Studies, Law and Citizenship

Areas of Specialization

Demography, Immigration and Assimilation, Race Relations, Globalization


Deenesh Sohoni is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Studies program at William & Mary. His research examines the significance of race, ethnicity, nativity and citizenship status in a variety of social institutions such as education, marriage, the military, the law, and the media. His work has been published in top academic journals such as Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociology of Education, Law and Society Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity among others; cited in legal cases and amicus briefs; and covered in international, national, and local media outlets including National Public Radio and The Atlantic. His current research examines the relationship between race, military, and citizenship through the lens of “military naturalization.” He directs the APM Research Project, a student/faculty/library archivists collaboration exploring the experiences of the earliest Asian ancestry students at W&M, and with Professor Esther Kim, leads the K-12 Asian American Student Education (KAASE) Initiative at W&M. 


B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. in Asian Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Washington