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Dr Renee Luthra

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Renee Luthra
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Biography

Renee Luthra is a sociologist with expertise in international migration, social stratification, education, and quantitative methods. Her current research interests include immigrant integration and ethnic inequality in school, work, and health.

Qualifications

  • 2010 PhD Sociology, University of California Los Angeles

  • 2005 MA Sociology, University of California Los Angeles

  • 2003 BA Sociology / German, University of Texas at Austin

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Director, Centre for Migration Studies, University of Essex (1/10/2017 - present)

  • Senior Lecturer, Sociology, University of Essex (1/9/2016 - present)

Other academic

  • Assistant Director, Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC), University of Essex (1/9/2019 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

International Migration

Key words: migration
Open to supervise

Social Stratification

Open to supervise

Higher Education

Open to supervise

Parenting

Open to supervise

Current research

ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change

The Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) is dedicated to research on the process of social change. MiSoC examines how behaviours, outcomes and attitudes for individuals, households and families are influenced by, and themselves influence, the wider processes of macro-social change. I am assistant director for the Centre, with primary responsibility for delivering the migration related research and capacity building aims of the project.
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Origins and Destinations: the Making of the Second Generation

Commissioned by the Russell Sage Foundation, this book, Origins and Destinations: the Making of the Second Generation, examines political, socio-economic, and attitudinal outcomes among the children of immigrants living in New York and Los Angeles. Together with co-authors Thomas Soehl (McGill) and Roger Waldinger (UCLA), this work demonstrates the enduring legacy of international influences - conditions in the parental place of birth, transnational ties, and legal as well as social boundaries between immigrants and natives - on the outcomes of the US raised second generation.
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Ethnic and Racial Harassment, Mental Health and Health Behaviours

Renee was co-Investigator on the ESRC funded research initiative "The prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health: A longitudinal analysis." Together with a team of scientists at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (PI: Alita Nandi), she used the UK's largest household panel study to examine the prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment, where such harassment is most likely to occur, and the impact of ethnic and racial harassment on mental health and health behaviors.

Causes and Consequences of Early Socio-Cultural Integration Processes Among New Immigrants in Europe (SCIP)

From 2010-2013, Renee was team member on the NORFACE funded cross-national data gathering effort Causes and Consequences of Early Socio-Cultural Integration Processes Among New Immigrants in Europe (SCIP). This project surveyed recently arrived immigrants from Poland and Pakistan in London, as well as newly arrived immigrants in the Netherlands, Germany, and Dublin. Together with Lucinda Platt (LSE), she has published several papers on new immigrant adaptation and sampling methodologies from this project in International Migration Review, Demographic Research, and Ethnicities.

The Definition and Practice of Shared Care

This ESRC funded project examines how separated parents define and practice "shared care," post-separation parenting where children spend substantial amounts of time in both households. We conducted qualitative interviews of separated parents using Understanding Society, a nationally representative longitudinal dataset, as our sampling frame. We develop a new typology of shared care families, demonstrating that contact time is insufficient to identify shared care as a new post-separation parenting style.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The Sociological Imagination (SC111)

  • Stratification Across the Life Course: Inequalities From Cradle to Grave (SC208)

  • Advanced Quantitative Analysis: Models for Cause and Effect (SC968)

  • Migration: Theory, Concepts and Selected Issues (SC982)

  • The Context of Integration: Origin, Destination and the Children of Immigrants (SC985)

Previous supervision

Andrea Catalina Blanco Moreno
Andrea Catalina Blanco Moreno
Thesis title: Subjective Expectations and Individual Decisions of Future Graduate Students.
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 21/6/2018

Publications

Journal articles (16)

Luthra, R., Soehl, T. and Waldinger, R., (2019). Origins and Destinations: a rejoinder. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 42 (13), 2302-2309

Luthra, RR., Platt, L. and Salamonska, J., (2018). Types of Migration: the motivations, composition, and early integration patterns of 'new migrants' in Europe. International Migration Review. 52 (2), 368-403

Luthra, RR., Soehl, T. and Waldinger, R., (2018). Reconceptualizing Context: A Multilevel Model of the Context of Reception and Second-Generation Educational Attainment. International Migration Review. 52 (3), 898-928

Luthra, R., Nandi, A. and Benzeval, M., (2018). Unravelling the ‘immigrant health paradox’: ethnic maintenance, discrimination, and health behaviours of the foreign born and their children in England. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1-22

Soehl, T., Waldinger, R. and Luthra, R., (2018). Social politics: The importance of the family for naturalization decisions of the 1.5 generation. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1-21

Luthra, R., Soehl, T. and Waldinger, R., (2018). Reconceptualizing Context. International Migration Review. 52 (3), 898-928

Luthra, RR. and Platt, L., (2017). The changing face of Pakistani migration to the UK. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Nexus Journal. 15 (1), 15-56

Luthra, RR. and Flashman, J., (2017). Who Benefits Most from a University Degree?: A Cross-National Comparison of Selection and Wage Returns in the US, UK, and Germany. Research in Higher Education. 58 (8), 843-878

Luthra, RR. and Platt, L., (2016). Elite or middling? International students and migrant diversification. Ethnicities. 16 (2), 316-344

Luthra, RR. and Soehl, T., (2015). From Parent to Child? Transmission of Educational Attainment Within Immigrant Families: Methodological Considerations. Demography. 52 (2), 543-567

Platt, L., Luthra, RR. and Frere-Smith, T., (2015). Adapting chain referral methods to sample new migrants. Demographic Research. 33 (1), 665-700

Luthra, RR., Platt, L. and Salamońska, J., (2014). Migrant Diversity, Migration Motivations and Early Integration: The Case of Poles in Germany, the Netherlands, London and Dublin. LEQS Paper (74)

Luthra, RR., (2013). Explaining Ethnic Inequality in the German Labor Market: Labor Market Institutions, Context of Reception, and Boundaries. European Sociological Review. 29 (5), 1095-1107

Luthra, RR., (2011). The Position of the Turkish and Moroccan Second Generation in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 37 (3), 523-524

Luthra, RR. and Waldinger, R., (2010). Into the Mainstream? Labor Market Outcomes of Mexican-Origin Workers. International Migration Review. 44 (4), 830-868

Luthra, RR., (2009). Temporary Immigrants in a High-Skilled Labour Market: A Study of H-1Bs. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 35 (2), 227-250

Books (1)

Luthra, R., Waldinger, R. and Soehl, T., (2018). Origins and Destinations The Making of the Second Generation. Russell Sage Foundation. 0871549123. 9780871549129

Book chapters (4)

Johnston, LG. and Luthra, RR., (2014). Analyzing data in RDS. In: Applying Respondent Driven Sampling to Migrant Populations Lessons from the Field. Editors: Tyldum, G. and Johnston, LG., . Palgrave Pivot. 84- 100. 9781137363602

Luthra, RR. and Johnston, L., (2014). RDS analysis. In: Applying Respondent Driven Sampling to Migrant Populations: Lessons from the Field. Editors: Tyldum, G. and Johnston, L., . Palgrave Macmillan. 978-1-137-36360-2

Luthra, RR. and Waldinger, R., (2013). Intergenerational Mobility. In: Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality. Editors: Card, D. and Raphael, S., . Russell Sage Foundation. 169- 205. 978-0-87154-498-8

Waldinger, R. and Luthra, RR., (2007). Today's second generation: getting ahead or falling behind?. In: Securing the future: US immigrant integration policy, a reader. Editors: Fix, M., . Migration Policy Institute. creators- Luthra=3ARenee_R=3A=3A

Grants and funding

2019

The Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)

Economic and Social Research Council

2017

Making EU Staff Welcome in a Hostile Policy Context: Human Resource Strategies in UK Higher Education

Society for Research into Higher Education

2016

The Research Centre for Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)

Economic & Social Research Council

2015

The Prevalence and Persistence of Ethnic and Racial Harassment and its Impact on Health

Economic & Social Research Council

2012

Transmitting Educational Disadvantage? Intergenerational Mobility in Immigrant Families

The Spencer Foundation

2011

Who benefits from post-secondary schooling?

The British Academy

2009

Migration in Europe - Social, Economic and Policy Dynamics

NORFACE

Contact

rrluthra@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 876090

Location:

6.340, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Please email for an appointment