Ivan Light (1963)

Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

I have been Professor of Sociology at UCLA since 1969. It was my first job.Berkeley offered poor training in quantitative methods in those days, and the graduate student culture was hostile to them to boot. Unfortunately, those proved subsequently to be the dominant methods in professional sociology so, in this respect, I was poorly prepared at Berkeley. It would be very presumptuous to suppose that my sociology has shaped the world; to the extent that my research and writing have influenced the world in some minimal manner I hope and believe they have strengthened agency in a field top heavy with structure.

Dissertation Title: 
Sociological Aspects of Self-Employment and Social Welfare Among Chinese, Japanese and Negroes in Northern Urban Areas of the United States, 1900-1940
Dissertation Book Title: 
Ethnic enterprise in America; business and welfare among Chinese, Japanese, and Blacks
Berkeley,