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Sherrie A. Kossoudji

Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work

Sherrie A. Kossoudji

Sherrie A. Kossoudji is presently an associate professor in the School of Social Work and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Economics. Her principal research area is immigration. She has written numerous articles on the legal status of immigrant workers in the United States and the incentives to cross the border illegally. Much of her work attempts to discern the link between legal status in the United States and economic outcomes. She has written on wealth disparities for immigrants--in particular, on home ownership as assets for immigrants. Her latest immigration work focuses on new immigrant children to the United States, particularly adopted orphans from abroad, and on the economic incentives and consequences of citizenship for immigrants to the United States. Recently, she has examined markets for body parts around the world. In particular, markets for sperm and ova are useful to identify social constructions of desirability and the price associated with them. She has also written on numerous labor and wealth issues and gendered outcomes. Much of her work focuses on gendered differences in economic outcomes for those at the margins of society. Dr. Kossoudji speaks publicly around the world about immigration, citizenship, and life sciences and reproduction.

Research Interests/Focus

Immigrant work lives, labor market inequalities, migrant worker opportunities, gender economics.


Year Degree   School
1984 PhD Economics University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1976 BA International Studies / Latin American Studies Miami University, Oxford, OH
Year Description
2000 Computerworld Smithsonian Award, Laureate
1999 The Torch Award for Outstanding Contributions to Students - Mortarboard National Senior Honor Society
1998 Rackham Summer Interdisciplinary Institute Faculty Fellow
1985 Dorothy S. Thomas Award, (outstanding paper by a graduate student), Population Association of America
1984 Lolagene Coombs Dissertation Award, University of Michigan

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