John D. Skrentny

Professor of Sociology, University of California-San Diego

John D. Skrentny is Profess of Sociology and Director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at the University of California-San Diego. His current research focuses on education, workforce development, and immigration in the fields of science and engineering, as well as the politics and policy choices related to science and engineering. 

Much of his previous work examined the development of discrimination and immigration laws in the US, East Asia, and Europe. He is the author of After Civil Rights: Racial Realism in the New American Workplace (Princeton University Press, 2014); The Minority Revolution (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002); and The Ironies of Affirmative Action (University of Chicago Press, 1996). His research has appeared in Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences (PNAS), American Journal of Sociology, Yale Law Journal, and International Migration Review, among others. 

A former Guggenheim Fellow, John’s work has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation, among others. Though trained as a sociologist, John enjoys working with scholars from other fields, and has co-authored with scholars based in diverse fields, including economics, history, law, management, and political science.

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