Research Articles


Lewis-McCoy, L., N. Warikoo, S. Matthews, and N. Foley. (2023). “Introduction: Resisting Amnesia: Renewing and Expanding the Study of Suburban Inequality.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

Tran, V. and N. Warikoo. (2021). “Asian American Perspectives on Immigration Policy.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

Warikoo, N. (2020). “Addressing Emotional Health while Protecting Status: Asian American and White Parents in Suburban America.” American Journal of Sociology.

Warikoo, N., M. Chin,* N. Zillmer, and S. Luthar (2020). “The Influence of Parent Expectations and Parent-Child Relationships on Mental Health in Asian American and White American Families.” Sociological Forum, 35: 275-296. Lead Article.

Warikoo, N. and U. Allen.* (2020). “A Solution to Multiple Problems: The Origins of Affirmative Action in Higher Education around the World.” Studies in Higher Education.

Warikoo, N. (2020). “Weak Multiculturalism and Fears of Cultural Encroachment: Meanings of Multiculturalism among Young Elites in Britain.” Ethnicities.

Warikoo, N. (2018). “What Meritocracy Means to its Winners: Admissions, Race, and Inequality at Elite Universities in the United States and Britain.” Social Sciences.

Warikoo, N. and I. Bloemraad. (2018). “Opportunities to Succeed” or “Money and more Rights”: Social Location and Young People’s Views on American Identity. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Warikoo, N., Stacey Sinclair, Jessica Fei*, and Drew Jacoby-Senghor. (2016). “Examining Racial Bias in Education: A New Approach.” Educational Researcher 45(9).

Warikoo, N. and J. de Novais*. (2015). “Colorblindness and Diversity: Race Frames and Their Consequences for White Undergraduates at Elite US Universities.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(6).

Warikoo, N. and S. Deckman*. (2014). “Beyond the Numbers: Institutional Influences on Experiences with Diversity on Elite College Campuses.” Sociological Forum 29(4).

Warikoo, N. and C. Fuhr*. (2014). “Legitimating Status: Perceptions of Meritocracy and Inequality among Undergraduates at an Elite British University.” British Education Research Journal 40(4).

Warikoo, N. (2010). “Symbolic Boundaries and School Structure in New York and London Schools.”  American Journal of Education 116(3). 

Warikoo, N. and P. Carter. (2009). “Cultural Explanations for Racial and Ethnic Stratification in Academic Achievement: A Call for a New and Improved Theory.” Review of Educational Research 79(1).

Warikoo, N. (2007). “Racial Authenticity among Second Generation Youth in Multiethnic New York and London.” Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media, and the Arts 35(6).

(2005). “Gender and Ethnic Identity among Second Generation Indo-Caribbeans.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 28(5) (lead article).

(2004). “Race and the Teacher-Student Relationship: Interpersonal Connections between West Indian Students and their Teachers in a New York City High School.” Race, Ethnicity and Education 7(2).

* indicates doctoral student co-author


Warikoo, N. (2018). “Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Processes in Education: New Frames for New Times,” in Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education. Ed. J. Mehta and S. Davies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

(2010). “Youth Culture and Peer Status among Children of Immigrants in New York and London: Assessing the Cultural Explanation for Downward Assimilation,” in Beyond Stereotypes: Minority Children of Immigrants in Urban Schools, ed. R. Saran and R. Diaz.  Rotterdam: Sense.

Reprinted in Inequality, Power and School Success: Case Studies on Racial Disparity and Opportunity in Education, (2015) ed. G. Conchas and M. Gottfried. New York: Routledge.

(2007). “The Continuing Significance of Race and Ethnicity in The Melting Pot,” in America’s Americans: The Populations of the United States, ed. P. Davies and I.Morgan.  London: ISA Press.

(2004). “Cosmopolitan Ethnicity: Second Generation Indo-Caribbean Identities,” in Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of the New Second Generation, ed. P. Kasinitz, J. Mollenkopf, and M. Waters.  New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

(2003).“Outcomes of Reduced Class Size in High School Math Classrooms,” in Taking Action with Teacher Research, ed. E. Meyers and F. Rust. New York: Heinemann.


Warikoo, N. (2023). Review of Academic Apartheid: Race and the Criminalization of Failure in an American Suburb by Sean Drake. Social Forces.

          .  (2022). Review of Digital Divisions: How Schools Create Inequality in the Tech Era by Matthew Rafalow. Contemporary Sociology.

          .  (2021). Review of Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior are not Enough by Pawan Dhingra. American Journal of Sociology.

           .  (2021). Review of Campus Diversity: The Hidden Consensus by John Carey, Katherine Clayton, and Yusaku Horiuchi. Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.

          .  (2021). Review of To Fulfill These Rights: Political Struggle Over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions by Amaka Okechukwu. History of Education Quarterly.

          .  (2020). Review of Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High-Poverty School by Calvin Morrill & Michael Musheno. Contemporary Sociology.

Warikoo, N. (2020). Review of White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America by Margaret Hagerman. Contemporary Sociology.

Warikoo, N. (2019). Curbing the Higher Education Hierarchy. Contexts.

Warikoo, N. (forthcoming). Review of The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life, by Tomas Jimenez. Ethnic and Racial Studies.  

Warikoo, N. (2018). Review of Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society, ed. E. Lewis and N. Cantor. Contemporary Sociology, 47(1), 86-88.

Warikoo, N. (2017). “Rejoinder: A Research Agenda on Race and Meritocracy,” in Ethnic and Racial Studies 40(13), 2308-2315. Rejoinder to six reviews of The Diversity Bargain.

Warikoo, N. (2015). “Diversity in US and British Higher Education in National Context,” in Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies, ed. S. Vertovec.  New York: Routledge.

Warikoo, N. (2014).  Review of Ethnicity and Education in England and Europe: Gangstas, Geeks and Gorjas, by I. Law and S. Swann (Ashgate 2011).  Contemporary Sociology 43(1).

Warikoo, N. (2012).  “Culture, Diversity and Education,” in Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, ed. J. Banks.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Warikoo, N. (2010).  Review of Blurring the Color Line: The new chance for a more integrated America, by R. Alba (Harvard 2009).  Teachers College Record.

Warikoo, N. (2009). Review of On Beauty, by Z. Smith (Hamish Hamilton 2005). Sociological Forum 24(2).

Warikoo, N. (2002).  Review of Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation, by Leo Chavez (University of California 2001).  International Migration Review 36(2).