Aaron Ponce

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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Department of Education (Student)

Academic interests

Aaron Ponce's research draws on the sociology of immigration and global migration, political sociology, and race and ethnicity. His work investigates how overlapping symbolic boundaries (race, language, gender, religion) constitute citizenship and national ways of belonging in immigrant-receiving societies. Empirically and theoretically, his research is global and/or comparative in scope and coalesces around an interest in in the cultural encounters, exchanges, and ruptures between the West and other(ed) world regions. Much of his recent work focuses on the reception and perception of immigrant populations, including Muslim immigrants in Europe and the U.S.



Aaron Ponce earned his PhD in sociology at Indiana University. He also holds a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and an MA in linguistics from the University of Texas.


Positions held

  • 2018-2019 Visiting Scholar, Indiana University, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society
  • 2016-2019 Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Sociology
  • 2013-2014 Research Associate in Global Attitudes, Pew Research Center, Washington D.C.



Aaron Ponce (2019). "Affective Solidarities or Group Boundaries? Muslims’ Place in America’s Racial and Religious Order." Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1691741


Aaron Ponce (2019). "Histories of Conquest, Diversity, and Social Cohesion in Former Colonial Europe." Social Currents. 6(5):440-463, DOI: 10.1177/2329496519852575


Aaron Ponce (2019). "Is Welfare a Magnet for Migration? Examining Universal Welfare Institutions and Migration Flows." Social Forces. 98(1):245-278, DOI: 10.1093/sf/soy111


Aaron Ponce (2019). "Excluding Europe’s Muslims: Symbolic Boundaries and Anti-Immigrant Attitudes Along a Racial-Ethnic Hierarchy." Humanity & Society. 43(4):375-402, DOI: 10.1177/0160597618814884


Aaron Ponce (2017). "Gender and Anti-Immigrant Attitudes in Europe." Socius. 3:1-17, DOI: 10.1177/2378023117729970


Aaron Ponce (2016). "From Macro-Structural Forces to Social Connectedness: Uncovering the Determinants of South-South Migration." International Journal of Sociology. 46(2):85-113, DOI: 10.1080/00207659.2016.1163986


Oren Pizmony-Levy and Aaron Ponce (2013). "Framing Strategies and Public Support for the Legalization of Marriage Between Two People of the Same Sex." Sociological Perspectives. 56(2):169-190, DOI: 10.1525/sop.2013.56.2.169


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