Mary C. Waters M.E. Zukerman Professor and chair of Sociology at Harvard University

Mary C. Waters

Mary C. Waters is the M.E. Zukerman Professor and chair of Sociology at Harvard University. Her work has focused on the integration of immigrants and their children, the transition to adulthood, intergroup relations, the measurement and meaning of racial and ethnic identity, and the social, demographic and psychological impact of natural disasters. The author or co-author of 11 books and over 90 articles, she is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Her study of the children of immigrants,  Inheriting the City: The Second Generation Comes of Age (with Philip Kasinitz, John Mollenkopf and Jennifer Holdaway) (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008) won the 2010 American Sociological Association Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, the Mira Komarovsky Best Book Award of the Eastern Sociological Society and the Thomas and Znaniecki Award of the International Migration Section of the ASA. Waters recently chaired the National Academy of Sciences Panel on The Integration of Immigrants into American Society. Together with Jean Rhodes, she co-directs the Risk Study, a longitudinal study of survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Abstract: The Adaptation of Children of Immigrants: Barriers and Paths to Integration and Well-being