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Johanna Shih

Associate Professor of Sociology


PHD, 2001, Univ Calif Los Angeles UCLA; MA, 1996, Univ Calif Los Angeles UCLA; BA, 1994, Wesleyan Univ


My central research interests have been in the mechanisms that generate racial, ethnic and gender inequalities in the labor market, focusing on how a) specific forms of economic organization constrain or facilitate these mechanisms, how b) ideologies work in producing individuals' attitudes towards "others" (e.g. racial minorities, women, and immigrants) and how c) labor relations interact with issues of race, nativity and gender. I have explored these issues in a variety of local contexts, including Monterey Park, NY (a minority majority suburb), Los Angeles, CA (low wage industries) and Silicon Valley, California (hi-tech industry). The bulk of my research is based on a particular type of qualitative data, in-depth interviews, and subsequently, a secondary focus of interest for me is the methodological considerations inherent in this type of data collection and interpretation. Finally, my current research project concerns the health dimensions of inequality and asks how the characteristics of communities produce racial and class inequalities in health. This project focuses on the case of Hempstead Village, NY, and more broadly, Nassau County, NY.


SOC 004 Contemporary Society
SOC 134 U.S. Race Relations
SOC 181 Research Methods in Sociology
SOC 191 Sociology of Mental Health (capstone course)
ASR 203 Applied Qualitative Methods

Teaching and Research Interests

Race and ethnic relations, immigration, gender inequality, sociology of work, sociology of health, qualitative research methods

Selected Publications

Shih, Johanna, Silver, Marc and Charisse Wheby. 2010. A Report on Housing Choice Voucher Program Participants in Nassau County, NY: Findings from the Communities and Health Survey Report for ERASE Racism.

Shih, Johanna. 2010. "Three Mistakes and Corrections." Book chapter submitted for inclusion in Carlos Vargas-Silva (Ed.) Handbook of Research Methods in Migration.

Parks-Yancy, Rochelle, Shih, Johanna, DiTomaso, Nancy and Post, Corinne. 2009. "Talking about Immigration and Immigrants: A Qualitative Exploration of White Americans' Attitudes." International Review of Modern Sociology 35(2): 285-306.

Botcheva, Luba, Shih, Johanna, and Huffman, Lynne. 2009. "Emphasizing Cultural Competence in Evaluation: A Process-Oriented Approach." American Journal of Evaluation 30(2): 176-188.

Shih, Johanna. 2008. "Temporality and Knowledge Work". Pp. 425-439 in Handbook of Research on Knowledge-Intensive Organizations, edited by D. Jemielniak and J. Kociatkiewicz. IGI Global.

Shih, Johanna. 2007. "Job-hopping: Social Networks in the Global High-Tech Industry." Pp. 219-241 in Constructing Borders/Crossing Boundaries: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, edited by C. Brettel. Maryland:Lexington Books.

Shih, Johanna. 2007. "Thoughts on the Use of Semi Structured Interviews in Exploring Ethnic and Gender Inequality in Silicon Valley". Pp. 130-141 in Researching Migration: Stories from the Field, edited by L. DeSipio, M. Griego, and S. Kossoudji. New York: Social Science Research Council.

Shih, Johanna. 2006. "Circumventing Discrimination: Gender and Ethnic Strategies in Silicon Valley." Gender and Society 20(2): 177-206.

Excerpted in Kirk, Gwyn and Margo Okazawa-Rey, eds. 2009. Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Shih, Johanna. 2004. "Project Time in Silicon Valley." Qualitative Sociology 27(2): 223-245.

Shih, Johanna. 2002. "‘…Yeah, I could hire this one, but I know it's gonna be a problem': How Race, Nativity and Gender Affect Employers' Perceptions of the Manageability of Job Seekers" Ethnic and Racial Studies 25(1): 99-119.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
SOC 181 RES METHODS IN SOC Undergraduate
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