Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield

Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield


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Office Location

Office of the Chancellor


Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield is Executive Vice Chancellor and Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University–Newark. She is a nationally recognized scholar, teacher, and thought leader in race and ethnicity, immigration, and diversity in higher education. Sherri-Ann is also a sought-after facilitator on managing diversity within complex institutions. As an advocate for leveraging diversity in all its dimensions, she works with her RU-N colleagues to actualize the public mission of colleges and universities as engines of social mobility, and as anchor institutions that collaborate with partners from multiple sectors in order to help communities succeed.

Her work has appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes that include the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy and the Research in Urban Sociology Series. While at Rutgers-Newark Sherri-Ann has served in numerous academic and administrative capacities, including: Visiting Academic Fellow in Nuffield College at Oxford University, American Council on Education Fellow at New York University, Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Chancellor, Acting Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Associate Director of the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, and former Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Yale University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.


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


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).

Associated Programs

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Insitute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience