Onoso Imoagene spoke with Omnia last week about her new book "Beyond Expectations: Second-Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain."
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, Harvard University, 2011
My current research focuses on the adult African second generation in the U.S. and U.K. Given the somewhat poor group status of African Americans in the U.S and Caribbeans in the U.K, I am interested in investigating how this recent (new black) group are negotiating being black and race meanings, how national context affect their ethnic identification, buy-in to national identity and national myths, and relations with longer-established black groups. I am also interested in investigating the extent to which their social outcomes bring into question the predictions of segmented assimilation theory. I am currently working on producing a book from this project. My other research focuses on educational attainment and social mobility among immigrants. More broadly, I seek to understand what the experiences of the African second generation reveal about race and racism and the intersections of race, class, culture, and gender in the U.S. and U.K. I will be teaching courses on sociology of immigration and African societies in 2013