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. A recent article in this area employs longitudinal qualitative data from the Resilience in the Survivors of Katrina Project (PI: Mary C. Waters) to examine post-disaster migration and mobility outcomes for a sample of low-income mothers. Another article (with Filiz Garip) examines the social mechanisms underlying network effects in Mexico-U.S. migration flows. Asad's current research in this area 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.
In addition to this agenda, Asad is working on an interview-based and ethnographic project (with Monica C. Bell) that evaluates youth interventions and cultural resources using an urban debate league as a case study. He is also affiliated with research teams working on how parents make housing decisions and how political institutions matter for international development projects.
Asad serves on the Student Advisory Board of Social Problems and as a resident tutor at Mather House, one of Harvard's undergraduate residential colleges. He 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.