Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Rodríguez-Muñiz, MichaelRodríguez-Muñiz, MichaelMichael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Contact Information:
Brown University
Department of Sociology
Box 1916
Providence, RI 02912
Email: Michael_Rodriguez@brown.edu

Year of Entry: 2009

Previous Degrees:
Masters in Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008
B.A. in Political Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 2003

Areas of Interest:
Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Knowledge, Ethnicity and Race, Political Sociology, and Pan-Latino Identities

Curriculum Vitae 

Research Project:

Encounters and Enrollment: Census 2010 and Rhode Island’s Latino Community
I am currently conducting an ethnographic project on the intersections between local politics, state practice and ethnoracial categorization in Census 2010. In general terms, this project explores the encounters, practices, and dynamics between the census (as an agency, discourse, and scientific instrument) and Rhode Island’s Latina/o population. Drawing on cultural sociology, political sociology, and the sociology of science, this project pursues three major lines of inquiry: 1) examination of Bureau efforts to elicit support from local leaders through partnerships, complete count committees and other efforts; 2) interrogation of linkages between census racial and panethnic categories, identity and the politics of numeracy; and finally, 3) an analysis of the material presence and performative powers of the census and its promotional objects (t-shirts, magnets, and hats, etc).