Irene Browne

Associate Professor

Office: Tarbutton Hall 207

Phone: 404-727-7508

Fax: 404-727-7532



  • PhD in Sociology, University of Arizona, 1991
  • MA in Sociology, Queens College, City University of New York, 1987
  • BA in Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1979


My areas of expertise include gender; race and ethnic relations, intersectionality; labor markets; and immigration. I am collaborating on two on-going projects. First, my NSF supported research project with Prof. Belisa Gonzalez focuses on social mobility strategies among middle class Mexican and Dominican immigrant parents in the Atlanta metro area. We are particularly interested in the role of race and ethnicity in shaping decisions about where to live, what schools their children attend and what organizations to join. My second project investigates processes of racialization and restrictive immigration policy in the “Nuevo South.” In collaboration with Profs. Mary Odem and Beth Reingold, the project examines how African American leaders are responding to recent immigration from Latin America. We compare patterns of voting on immigration legislation among Black and White state legislators, and we analyze newspaper coverage of immigration issues. My work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Annual Review of Sociology, and other journals and edited volumes. I typically teach undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods and in gender. I also teach the graduate Pedagogy seminar in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. I hold a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

Research Topics: labor market inequality; intersections of race, gender and class; discrimination and Latino immigration in Georgia.