REINVENTING THE MELTING POT
The New Immigrants and
What It Means To Be American
Basic Books, Paperback Edition, November 2004
Basic Books, Hardcover Edition, February 2004
Edited by Tamar Jacoby
Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow
Richard Alba is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York and author of Ethnic Identity: The Transformation of White America. His most recent book, with Victor Nee, is Remaking the American Mainstream: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration.
Michael Barone is a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report. He is the co-author of The Almanac of American Politics and author of Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan and of The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again. He is a contributor to Fox News Channel.
George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including Friends or Strangers: The Impact of Immigrants on the U.S. Economy and Heaven's Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy.
Stanley Crouch is the author of three collections of essays: Notes of a Hanging Judge, The All-American Skin Game, or The Decoy of Race and Always in Pursuit. His first novel, Don't The Moon Look Lonesome, was published in 2000. He is a founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Amitai Etzioni is the founder and director of the Communitarian Network and the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at The George Washington University. Among his twenty-two books are My Brother's Keeper, The Monochrome Society, and The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society.
Herbert J. Gans is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. His writing on race and ethnicity has appeared in a wide variety of journals and in several of his books, including The Urban Villagers, People, Plans and Policies, The War Against the Poor and Making Sense of America.
Nathan Glazer is professor of sociology and education emeritus at Harvard University and the former editor of the quarterly of public affairs, The Public Interest. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on ethnicity and race relations, including American Judaism, Beyond the Melting Pot, Affirmative Discrimination, Ethnic Dilemmas, The Limits of Social Policy and We Are All Multiculturalists Now.
Pete Hamill is the author of 15 books, including the novel Snow in August and the memoir A Drinking Life. He has been a columnist for the New York Daily News, the New York Post, New York Newsday, the Village Voice, New York magazine and Esquire, and has served as editor-in-chief of both the Post and the Daily News.
Tamar Jacoby is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration. Formerly with The New York Times and Newsweek, she writes regularly on race, ethnicity and immigration for The Weekly Standard, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.
Joel Kotkin is a senior fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is the author of The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution is Reshaping the American Landscape and Tribes: How Race, Religion and Identity Determine Success In the New Global Economy, among other books.
Douglas S. Massey is professor of sociology and public policy at Princeton University. He is the author of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass and Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration, among other books.
John McWhorter, formerly an associate professor of linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He is the author of Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America and the essay collection, Authentically Black, as well as several books on language. He is a contributing editor to The New Republic.
Victor Nee is Goldwin Smith Professor of Sociology at Cornell University, where he also directs the Center for the Study of Economy and Society. He is co-author, with Richard Alba, of Remaking the American Mainstream: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration and Longtime Californ’: Documentary Study of an American Chinatown, written with Brett DeBary.
Alejandro Portes is Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. His books include City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami, co-authored with Alex Stepick, and Immigrant America: A Portrait.
Gregory Rodriguez is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Opinion section. He has written widely on issues of ethnicity, race, immigration and assimilation for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist.
Peter D. Salins is Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the State University of New York, and a professor of political science at SUNY Stony Brook. A senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute, he is the author of Assimilation, American Style, among other books.
Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1972, and came to the United States seven years later. He author of the novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, GQ, Slate and many other publications.
Peter Skerry is professor of political science at Boston College and non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority and Counting on the Census? Race, Group Identity, and the Evasion of Politics.
Stephen Steinberg is a professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is author of The Ethnic Myth: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in America and Turning Back: The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy.
Stephan Thernstrom is Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His many books include Poverty and Progress: Social Mobility in a 19th-Century City and A History of the American People. He is co-author, with Abigail Thernstrom of No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning and America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible.
Roger Waldinger is professor and chair of the sociology department at UCLA. His most recent books are Strangers at the Gates: New Immigrants in Urban America and, with Michael Lichter, How The Other Half Works: Immigration and the Social Organization of Labor.
Min Zhou is professor of sociology and chair of the Asian American Studies Interdepartmental Degree Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave, co-author of Growing Up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States and co-editor of Contemporary Asian America.