Asad L. Asad is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Harvard University, where he is a Beinecke Scholar, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Graduate Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, and a Graduate Student Associate with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Asad’s primary research interests encompass the fields of migration, urban sociology, and inequality. At the intersection of these fields, he explores why people migrate (both internally and internationally), and how their moves influence socioeconomic mobility outcomes. His current research seeks to provide fresh perspectives on unauthorized migration from Mexico, illuminating previously-overlooked social processes that explain the remarkable persistence of this population in the United States across time.
Asad holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Wisconsin and an A.M. in Sociology from Harvard University. He serves on the Student Advisory Board of Social Problems and a resident tutor at Mather House, one of Harvard's undergraduate residential colleges.