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The Company We Keep: Interracial Friendships and Romantic Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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Grace Kao, IBM Professor and Chair of Sociology at Yale University, will give a presentation on her most recent book, The Company We Keep: Interracial Friendships and Romantic Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood (Russell Sage). This presentation is hosted by the Center for the Study of Inequality and co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology. 

This talk will be held via Zoom on Friday, April 9, starting at 3:00pm. Please email for information on accessing this talk.

About The Company We Keep:

From the publisher: 

With hate crimes on the rise and social movements like Black Lives Matter bringing increased attention to the issue of police brutality, the American public continues to be divided by issues of race. How do adolescents and young adults form friendships and romantic relationships that bridge the racial divide? In The Company We Keep, sociologists Grace Kao, Kara Joyner, and Kelly Stamper Balistreri examine how race, gender, socioeconomic status, and other factors affect the formation of interracial friendships and romantic relationships among youth

About Professor Grace Kao:

Grace Kao is Chair and IBM Professor of Sociology and Professor of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (Secondary appointment, by courtesy). She is also Faculty Director of Education Studies. She is also Director of the Center for Empirical Research on Stratification and Inequality (CERSI) and a former Vice-President of the American Sociological Association. 

Professor Kao studies race, ethnicity, and immigration as they collectively relate to education and relationships among young people. She also has interests in the effects of migration on young people and has written papers on these topics in Mexico, China, and Spain. Currently, she is one of a team of researchers (led by Hyunjoon Park) that is examining the transition to adulthood among Korean Millennials. More recently, she has developed interests in the Sociology of Music and K-Pop in particular. Her work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Science Research, Social Science Quarterly, American Education Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Child Development, Early Childcare Research Quarterly, Population Research and Policy Review, Population and Development Review, among others. Her research has been supported by NICHD, The Spencer Foundation, The Russell Sage Foundation, and the Academy of Korean Studies. 


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