Profile: Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty of the Newark College of Arts & Sciences; Associate Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield is an Associate Professor of Sociology as well as a member of the Graduate School faculty at Rutgers-Newark.  Dr. Butterfield’s main fields of interest are immigration, race and ethnic relations, identity development and culture, and urban education within the Afro-Caribbean diaspora.  Her research specifically explores how race, ethnicity, class, and gender impact Afro-Caribbean immigrants and their children within the metropolitan contexts of New York/New Jersey and London.

Dr. Butterfield’s work on the experiences of Afro-Caribbeans has appeared in several journals such as the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy and Research in Urban Sociology.

  • Associated Programs

    Department of Sociology & Anthropology

    Insitute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience

  • Education

    Ph.D. University of Michigan, Department of Sociology, 2001
    M.A. University of Michigan, Department of Sociology, 1997
    B.A. Yale University, Sociology and African American Studies, 1995

  • Publications

    2006 "To Be Young, Gifted, Black, and Somewhat Foreign: The Role of Ethnicity in Black Student
    Achievement." In Beyond Acting White: Reassessments and New Directions in Research on
    Black Students and School Success. Erin McNamara Horvat and Carla O'Connor (eds.).
    Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

    2004 "Being Racialized Ethnics: Second Generation West Indian Immigrants in New York City."
    Research in Urban Sociology Series Volume 7: 107-136 (2004).

    2004 "We're Just 'Black': The Racial and Ethnic Identities of Second Generation West Indians in New York." In Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of the New Second Generation. P. Kasinitz, J. Mollenkopf and M. Waters (eds.). New York: Russell Sage Foundation (2004).

    2004 "Challenging American Conceptions of Race and Ethnicity: Second Generation West Indian
    Immigrants." International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy Vol. 24(7/8): 75-102 (2004).

    2003 "Something in Between: Locating Identity among Second-Generation West Indians in New York City" in Mighty Change, Tall Within: Black Identity In The Hudson Valley. Myra Armstead (ed). New York: SUNY Press (2003).

  • Research Initiatives

    Professor Butterfield is currently completing a book-length manuscript that looks at how socioeconomic status impacts the racial and ethnic identities of second generation West Indians. She also has several projects in progress. Professor Butterfield is conducting qualitative interviews for her project that examines the role that race and ethnicity play in the lives of the diasporic West Indian community who reside in North America and Europe. Finally, she is investigating the racial and ethnic interactions between West Indians and African Americans in New Jersey.