Research/Areas of Interest: Education, race, ethnicity, immigration, Asian Americans, culture, inequality, qualitative methods


  • PhD, Sociology, Harvard University, United States, 2005
  • MA, Sociology, Harvard University, United States, 2005
  • EdM, Harvard University, United States, 1997
  • ScB, Mathematics, Brown University, United States, 1995


Natasha Warikoo is Professor of Sociology at Tufts University. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Warikoo is an expert on racial and ethnic inequality in education. Her latest book, Race at the Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools (University of Chicago Press, May 2022) illuminates tensions related to achievement in a suburban, high-income town with a large and growing Asian American population. A recent article published in American Journal of Sociology, "Addressing Emotional Health while Protecting Status: Asian American and White Parents in Suburban America," won two awards from the American Sociological Association.

Warikoo's most recently published book, The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities (University of Chicago Press, 2016), shows how undergraduates attending Ivy League universities and Oxford University conceptualize race and meritocracy. The book emphasizes the contradictions, moral conundrums, and tensions on campus related to affirmative action and diversity, and how these vary across racial and national lines. The book won awards from the American Sociological Association's section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, the Society for the Study of Social Problems Division on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and the American Educational Studies Association. Warikoo's first book, Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City (University of California Press, 2011), analyzes youth culture among children of immigrants attending diverse, low-performing high schools in New York City and London. Balancing Acts won the Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on International Migration.

Warikoo has won grants from the British Academy, Guggenheim Foundation, National Science Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation. In addition to her academic work, Warikoo is co-chair of the Scholars Strategy Network Boston Chapter, which aims to connect scholars, policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists in the Boston area. She writes and speaks frequently for public audiences (see for her public engagement).

Warikoo was previously Associate Professor of Education at Harvard University. Prior to her academic career she was a teacher in New York City's public schools, and also spent time working at the US Department of Education. Warikoo completed her PhD in sociology from Harvard University, and BSc and BA in mathematics and philosophy at Brown University.