Tianna Paschel, Yan Long, and Robert Braun join Berkeley Sociology!

Associate Professor Tianna Paschel has joined Berkeley Sociology in a joint appointment with African American Studies. Her research centers on analyzing the intersection of racial ideology, politics, and globalization in Latin America and the United States. She has published in the American Journal of Sociology, the Du Bois ReviewSOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, and Ethnic and Racial Studies as well as various edited volumes. She is also the author of Becoming Black Political Subjects, which draws on ethnographic and archival methods to explore the shift in the 1990s from ideas of unmarked universal citizenship to multicultural citizenship regimes and the recognition of specific rights for black populations by Latin American states. It is the winner of numerous awards including the Herbert Jacob Book Award of the Law and Society Association and the Barrington Moore Book Award of the American Sociological Association..Professor Paschel is also the co-editor – along with Petra Rivera-Rideau and Jennifer Jones – of Afro-Latin@s in Movement, an interdisciplinary volume that explores transnationalism and blackness in the Americas. She is currently working on three major research projects, one that explores the transnational making of ideas of Brazil as a racial paradise, another race and inequality in media representation in Latin America, and a research project with Professor Cristina Mora that explores racial attitudes and economic precariousness in California.

Professor Paschel is a Ford Fellow, member of the American Political Science Association Task Force on Race and Class Inequality, the Council of the Law Section and the Human Rights Section of ASA, the Executive Council of the Brazilian Studies Association, and the Steering Committee of the Network of Anti-Racist Action and Research (RAIAR).


Assistant Professor Yan Long has joined Berkeley Sociology from the University of Indiana at Bloomington. Before coming to Berkeley, she also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society after receiving her joint Ph.D. in sociology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan. Professor Long is a political sociologist currently interested in contentious politics, global health, and transnational organizations. She was born and raised in southern China, where she developed a love for spicy food and aimless wandering.


Assistant Professor Robert Braun has joined Berkeley Sociology from Northwestern University.  He received his PhD from Cornell University in 2017. Professor Braun combines archival work with geographical information systems to study civil society and intergroup relationships in times of social upheaval. Braun has recently finished a book on the protection of Jews during the Holocaust in the Low Countries (forthcoming at Cambridge University Press). His new research project studies the political causes and consequences of anti-Semitism by exploring racial themes in German children's stories. In the past he has worked on the geographical spread of different types of political violence such as terrorism, anti-immigrant attacks and soccer hooliganism.