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Phillip Kretsedemas, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.6273
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall,04,00008


PhD, Sociology, University of Minnesota, 1997

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Philip Kretsedemas, a tenure-track faculty member at UMass Boston, earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1997 (and served as a Diamond Postdoctoral Fellow in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, 1997-1998).  His areas of specialization include democracy and development in the Caribbean, U.S. immigration policy and immigration enforcement and North American (US and Canada) welfare reform outcomes and social service needs for migrant populations. He has served as principal and co-principal investigator for a number of immigration and policy-oriented research projects. Two of the more prominent examples include a study of welfare reform outcomes for Haitian immigrants in South Florida (funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation), a study of the service needs of homeless migrants in Toronto, Canada (funded by the City of Toronto). Kretsedemas also received support from the Ford Foundation’s Social Science Research Council for his dissertation research on social policy and structural adjustment in Jamaica.

Kretsedemas has published a number of journal articles on the subject of immigration policy, immigrant racialization and marginality and the social service needs of immigrant populations. Some of the venues he has published in include The Stanford Journal of Law and Policy, The American Quarterly, Current Sociology, and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. He has coedited two books on the subject of immigration policy, Immigrants, Welfare Reform and the Poverty of Policy (with Ana Aparicio, Greenwood/Praeger, 2004) and Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today (with David Brotherton, Columbia University Press, 2008). He is also the author of The Immigration Crucible: Transforming ‘Race’, Nation, and the Limits of the Law (Columbia University Press), published in January 2012.