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 Puerto Rican diasporic anticolonialism and state repression; 2) the transformation of demographic imaginaries and contemporary population politics; 3) the racialization of 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.

  • Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award, Sociology of Population Section of the American Sociological Association, 2023
  • Winner of the Mary Douglas Book Prize, Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, 2022
  • Co-Winner of the Best Book Award, Latino/a 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. 2023. “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 20(1): 163-190.

de Leon, Cedric and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz. 2022. “The Political Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois.” in The Oxford Handbook of W.E.B. Du Bois, edited by Aldon Morris, Walter Allen, Karida Brown, Dan Green, Marcus Anthony Hunter, Cheryl Johnson-Odim, and Michael Schwartz. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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.