Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

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Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Associate Professor
Room 446
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Knowledge and Culture, Latinx Politics and Identity, Political Sociology, Du Boisian Sociology, Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods

I am an associate professor of sociology born and raised on Chicago’s northwest side. I received my PhD from Brown University, my MA from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and my BA from Northeastern Illinois University. Before coming to Berkeley in Fall 2022, I taught sociology and Latina/o Studies at Northwestern University.

My current research focuses on the following: 1) the afterlives of anticolonialism and state repression; 2) the transformation of demographic imaginaries and population politics; 3) the racialization of contemporary political trust; and 4) the epistemic and methodological foundations of Du Boisian sociology. In addition, I am actively involved in the building of a Puerto Rican-focused community archive in Humboldt Park, Chicago.


Representative Publications

Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2021. Figures of the Future: Latino Civil Rights and the Politics of Demographic Change. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

  • Winner of the Best Book Award, Latino/a Section of the American Sociological Association, 2022
  • Winner of the Mary Douglas Book Prize, Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, 2022
  • Honorable Mention for the Charles Tilly Distinguished Book Award, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association, 2022

Díaz McConnell, Eileen and Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2022. “Between Demographic Optimism and Pessimism?  Exploring ‘Neither Good nor Bad’ Responses about Future Ethnoracial Diversification Among U.S. Whites.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. (Online first)

Mora, G. Cristina, Julie Dowling, and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz. 2021. “Mostly Rich White Men, Nothing in Common’: Latino Views on Political (Under)Representation in the Trump Era.” American Behavioral Scientist 65(1): 1180-1192.

Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2020. “Towards a Political Sociology of Demography.” Pp. 384-407 in The New Handbook of Political Sociology: States, Parties, Movements, Citizenship and Globalization, edited by Thomas Janoski, Cedric de Leon, Joya Misra, and Isaac Martin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2017. “Cultivating Consent: Nonstate Leaders and the Orchestration of State Legibility.” American Journal of Sociology 123: 1-41.