Orly Clerge

Assistant Professor

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Tufts University
Department of Sociology
Eaton 114
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.0727
Fax: 617.627.3097
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Ph.D., Brown University

Research Interests
Race & Ethnicity, Urban Sociology, Immigration and the Second Generation, Social Demography, Identity, Ethnography.

Professor Orly Clerge joined Tufts University Faculty in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies. Prior to joining Tufts Sociology, she worked as a Postdoctoral Associate for the Yale Urban Ethnography Project from 2013-2014 and is currently a UEP fellow. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Demography from Brown University in 2013.

Clerge's research analyzes the growing socioeconomic opportunities and challenges faced by middle class minority populations in cities and suburbs. In particular, her research engages how native born and foreign-born blacks navigate their socio-economic mobility and continued racial exclusion simultaneously, and it's implications for how they operate in their neighborhoods, workplaces, family life.

Clerge's book project examines the growing complexity of black identity in 21st century America. As the black middle class and the black immigrant population have burgeoned since the 1960s, various types of allegiances to being and belonging to the black community have formed. In an ethnography of two middle class urban and suburban neighborhoods in Queens and Nassau County New York, the book analyzes the old and new forms of attachment to racial identity and group among middle class native and foreign born black adults. A second book project analyzes how black youth from middle class households define and redefine their racial and class identities in everyday life. These two texts come together to paint a timely picture of black cultures of mobility, and how new approaches to racial identity, class mobility and integration are challenging notions of urban citizenship, middle class politics and ultimately redefining the American mainstream.