PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Michael White, professor of sociology, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He will be officially welcomed as a fellow on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at the AAAS annual meeting in San Jose, Calif.
This year 401 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Fellows are nominated by their peers for election into the organization by the AAAS Council, the association’s policymaking body. The official announcement of their election will appear in the “AAAS News & Notes” section of the journal Science on Nov. 28, 2014.
AAAS elected White for “distinguished contributions to the field of demography regarding the movement, settlement and adjustment of immigrants in urban areas across a variety of geographic settings.”
White has taught at Brown since 1989 and is an affiliate and past director of the Population Studies and Training Center. He teaches courses in social policy, quantitative methods, and demography.
White received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and has since gone on to study a broad range of substantive and methodological topics in both developed and developing settings, including research on urbanization, migrant adaptation, and residential segregation.
He has served in various capacities at the Population Association of America, the American Sociological Association, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other national and international organizations.
White’s most recent books are Achieving Anew: How New Immigrants Do in American Schools, Jobs, and Neighborhoods (with J. Glick; Russell Sage, 2009) and The Dynamics of Migration, Health and Livelihoods (co-edited with M. Collinson, K. Adazu, and S. Findley; Ashgate, 2009).
He is currently investigating the role of interregional migration in influencing health outcomes in South Africa. In this research he is working with colleagues at Brown and the University of the Witwatersrand, where White is also honorary research professor on the faculty of health sciences.