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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 Rodríguez-Muñiz was born and raised on the Northwest Side of Chicago. Prior to graduate school, he spent several years working as a community organizer in the Humboldt Park area. He received a PhD from Brown University, MA from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a BA from Northeastern Illinois University. Michael joined Northwestern’s Department of Sociology and Latina/o Studies Program in 2016.

Michael has published on poverty knowledge, Latino identity formation, and the relationship between critical sociologies of race and science and technology studies. His dissertation received the 2016 American Sociological Association Dissertation Award. He is currently working on a book manuscript, based on his dissertation research, that investigates the production and use of imagined demographic futures 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.” His next major research project will explore the history of Puerto Rican radicalism, memory, and state repression in Chicago.

He teaches courses on race and racial knowledge, qualitative/ethnographic methods, and Latino identity and politics, among others.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 304: Politics of Racial Knowledge Syllabus

SOCIOL 329: Field Methods Syllabus

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

Selected Publications

Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2017. “Cultivating Consent: Nonstate Leaders and the Orchestration of State Legibility.” American Journal of Sociology 123:385-425. 

Graizbord, Diana, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, and Gianpaolo Baiocchi. 2017. “Expert for a Day: Theory and the Tailored Craft of Ethnography.” 2016. Ethnography. Online.

Mora, Cristina G. and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz. 2017. “Latinos, Race, and the American Future: A Response to Richard Alba’s ‘The Likely Persistence of a White Majority’.” New Labor Forum 26:40–46.

Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2016. “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.

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