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.
Broadly defined, Asad’s research interests include culture, inequality, migration, political sociology, the social determinants of health, and urban sociology. At the intersection of these fields, he explores why people migrate (internally and internationally) and how migration influences socioeconomic mobility. A recent paper in this area employs longitudinal 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, predominantly African-American mothers. Other work has examined the social mechanisms underlying network effects in Mexico-U.S. migration flows (with Filiz Garip). In addition to this research agenda, Asad is working on an interview-based and ethnographic project that evaluates youth interventions and cultural resources using an urban debate league as a case study (with Monica C. Bell). He is also affiliated with research teams examining 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.