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Katrina Quisumbing King

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Area(s) of Interest

Race and Ethnicity, Migration and Citizenship, Imperialism and Colonialism, State-making, Law and Society, Theory


Katrina Quisumbing King (surname: Quisumbing King, pronounced kiss-uhm-bing king) studies racial classification and exclusion from a historical perspective that foregrounds the state’s authority to manage populations. She is particularly interested in the ways state actors conceive of and make decisions around race and citizenship. Her research recenters empire as a key political formation. In the U.S. context, she focuses especially on how the state defines colonized populations and how these people fit into the U.S. racial order.

Professor Quisumbing King earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to joining Northwestern, she spent two years as a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Southern California. 

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 376: Empire
SOCIOL 398: Senior Thesis Seminar
SOCIOL 101-6: First Year Seminar 

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