Cybelle Fox received a B.A. in history and economics from UC San Diego in 1997 and a Ph.D. in sociology and social policy from Harvard University in 2007. Her main research interests include race and ethnic relations, the American welfare state, immigration, historical sociology, and political sociology. In her new book, Three Worlds of Relief (Princeton University Press, 2012), Fox compares the incorporation of blacks, Mexicans, and European immigrants in the American welfare system from the Progressive Era to the New Deal. Her next project focuses on the politics of extending or withholding social welfare assistance to non-citizens from the New Deal to the present. Her work has appeared in the American Behavioral Scientist, American Journal of Sociology, Sociology of Education, Political Science Quarterly, and Sociological Methods and Research. She is also co-author of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings (Basic Books, 2004).
2012. Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
2004. Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings. (with Katherine Newman, David Harding, Jal Mehta and Wendy Roth). New York: Basic Books.
Published Articles and Chapters
2012. “Defining America’s Racial Boundaries: Blacks, Mexicans, and European Immigrants, 1890-1945.” (with Thomas Guglielmo) American Journal of Sociology 118(2):327-379.
2010. “Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and Public and Private Social Welfare Spending in American Cities, 1929.” American Journal of Sociology 116(2):453-502.
2009. “Repeat Tragedy: Rampage Shootings in American High School and College Settings 2002-2008.” (with Katherine Newman) American Behavioral Scientist 52(9):1286-1308.
2005. “School Shootings as Organizational Deviance.” (with David Harding) Sociology of Education 78(1):69-97.
2004. “The Changing Color of Welfare? How Whites’ Attitudes Toward Latinos Influence Support for Welfare.” American Journal of Sociology 110(3):580-625.
2003. Introduction. “Race, Racism and Discrimination: Bridging Problems, Methods and Theory in Social Psychological Research.” (with Lawrence D. Bobo) Social Psychology Quarterly 66(4): 319-332.
2003. “A Deadly Partnership: Lethal Violence in an Arkansas Middle School.” (with Wendy Roth and Katherine Newman) In National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Deadly Lessons: Understanding Lethal School Violence. Mark H. Moore, Carol V. Petrie, Anthony A. Braga and Brenda L. McLaughlin, Editors Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington DC: National Academy Press.
2002. “Studying Rare Events through Qualitative Case Studies: Lessons from a Study of Rampage School Shootings.” (with David Harding and Jal Mehta) Sociological Methods & Research 31(2): 174-217.
1999. “A Snapshot of Family Homelessness Across America.” (with Ralph Nunez) Political Science Quarterly 114(2): 289-307.
2008. Review of Nicholas De Genova, Working the Boundaries: Race, Space, and ‘Illegality’ in Mexican Chicago (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005), American Journal of Sociology 113(5): 1448-1450.
2004. “Beyond Black and White: Racial Conflict in the New Multi-ethnic City.” Du Bois Review 1(1): 181-188.
Work in Progress
"Redrawing the Boundaries of Social Citizenship: The Rise of Legal Status Restrictions in American Social Welfare Policy." (Revise and Resubmit, Journal of American History)
“Immigration, Political Participation and Redistributive Social Policy.” (with Irene Bloemraad and Christel Kesler, working paper)
"White by Law, Not in Practice: Explaining the Gulf in Citizenship Acquisition between Mexican and European Immigrants, 1930." (with Irene Bloemraad, working paper)