The Black (But “Not Black”) Sheep of the Diaspora: How Dominican Immigrants Understand Racial and Ethnic Identity in the U.S.

Awarded Scholars:
Pamela Zabala, Duke University
Project Date:
Jul 2022
Award Amount:

Prior research has highlighted a tenuous relationship between Latinos and U.S.-based conceptions of race and racial difference. Dominicans, in particular, have developed a reputation for refusing to identify as Black in the U.S. As a result, they are seen as not accepting or embodying the “correct” Black identity. Sociologist Pamela Zabala will examine how Dominicans living the U.S. make sense of U.S.-based concepts of race and their racial identity. She will conduct in-depth surveys for her study.


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