Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latina/Latino Studies

Area(s) of Interest:  Sociology of Race and Ethnicity; Sociology of Knowledge and Culture; Political Sociology; Science and Technology Studies; Social Theory; Ethnography and Qualitative Methodologies


Michael was born and raised in Chicago. Prior to graduate school, he spent several years working as a community organizer in the Humboldt Park area. He received his PhD from Brown University in 2015 and a MA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2008. He is also a proud graduate of Northeastern Illinois University. He joined Northwestern’s Department of Sociology and Latina/o Studies Program in 2016. Michael is also affiliated with the Science in Human Culture program.
His currently working on a book manuscript, based on his dissertation, that investigates the production and use of demographic projections to advance contemporary Latino civil rights agendas. This research provides a productive entry point into emergent political struggles over the so-called “Browning of America.”
He plans on teaching courses on qualitative/ethnographic methods, race and racial knowledge, and Latino identity and politics, among others.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 329: Field Methods Syllabus

SOCIOL 376/Latin@ Studies 392: Race, Knowledge, & Latinidad Syllabus

Selected Publications

Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. “Bridgework: STS, Sociology, and the ‘Dark Matters’ of Race.” Engaging Science, Technology & Society 2: 214-226
Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2015. “Intellectual Inheritances: Cultural Diagnostics and the State of Poverty Knowledge.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology 3: 89-122.
Baiocchi, Gianpaolo, Diana Graizbord, and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz. 2014. “Actor-Network Theory and the Ethnographic Imagination: An Exercise in Translation.”Qualitative Sociology 36: 323-341.
Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2010. “Grappling with Latinidad: Puerto Rican Activism in Chicago's Immigrant Rights Movement.” Pp. 237-258 in ¡Marcha!: Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement, edited by N. Flores-González and A. Pallares. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.