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Dr. Celeste Vaughan Curington is an intersectional researcher whose several lines of sociological inquiry examine race, class and gender through the lens of care labor and migration, family, and interracial/intra-racial intimacy. Her published work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and the London School of Economics USAPP American Politics and Policy Blog, as well as in several media outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, and NBC.
Her most current research centers on the position of African transnational migrants to Lisbon, Portugal, at a time of economic crisis, care deficit, and increased anti-immigrant sentiment. She analyzes Cape Verdean eldercare workers’ struggles and resiliencies as paid and unpaid caregivers, migrants, mothers and racialized workers in a former colonial metropole in Europe.
She is also currently pursuing various collaborative projects, including a book project with the University of California Press, Through a Glass Darkly: Race and Desire in the United States, where she and colleagues draw data from a mainstream, popular dating website, interviews, survey data and internet archives to examine the racial preferences among different- and same-sex daters in the United States. Another ongoing project is an interview study that centers on interracial couples’ neighborhood choices in the North East.