Chenoa Flippen, Ph.D., Director

Chenoa Flippen is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on racial and ethnic inequality and immigrant incorporation in the United States. Within these broad areas, her work focuses on the connection between geographic and social mobility, particularly the implications for stratification of the geographic dispersion of the U.S. minority population via internal migration and new areas of immigrant settlement; the contextual forces shaping ethno-racial inequality in wealth, particularly homeownership; the link between gender and migration; life-course and aging, especially as it relates to minority well-being; and Latino immigrant incorporation and health in new areas of destination in the American South.

Michael Jones-Correa, Ph.D., Founding Director

Michael Jones-Correa, Ph.D., is President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is Chair of the Political Science Department. He taught previously at Harvard and Cornell, where he served as the Robert J. Katz Chair of the Department of Government from 2014-2016.  He is a co-author of Latinos in the New Millennium (Cambridge, 2012) and Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (Temple, 2010), the author of Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City (Cornell, 1998), the editor of Governing American Cities: Inter-Ethnic Coalitions, Competition and Conflict (Russell Sage Foundation, 2001), and co-editor of Outsiders No More? Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation (Oxford 2013). He has been a lead investigator for the 2012 and 2016 Latino Immigrant National Election Study (LINES), the 2006 Latino National Survey, the Philadelphia-Atlanta Project, and other research, as well as the author of several dozen pieces on immigration, race, ethnicity, and citizenship in the United States.  This research has received support from the Carnegie, Ford, MacArthur, Russell Sage, and National Science foundations, among others. Dr. Jones-Correa has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, and was team leader and fellow for the 2010-2013 theme project “Immigration: Settlement, Immigration, and Membership,” at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell.

Ankit Rastogi, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Ankit received their Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020. Ankit’s work investigates the widespread trend towards racial residential integration in U.S. suburbs, the factors that facilitate the persistence of racially integrated suburbs, and the potential influence of residential integration on schools and the socioeconomics of place. They are generally excited about thinking beyond the city to understand the lives of people of color, our relationship to place, and what suburban and rural people of color have to tell us about multiethnic communities and racial formation. Ankit received their BA in biology from Dartmouth College and an MSc in biostatistics from Harvard University. Between degrees they worked at the national ACLU and the New York City Department of Education.

Taylor Mattia, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Taylor received her Ph.D. from the Politics Department at New York University in 2021, where she was an affiliated researcher with the Public Safety Lab. Her research interests include American politics, with a focus on racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public policy, and criminal justice. Her dissertation examines how exposure to people of color during adolescence affects the racial attitudes and partisanship of non-Hispanic whites well into adulthood. Taylor’s scholarly work has been published in Public Choice and has also appeared in Vox and Education Week. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science and Middle East and North African Studies. Before entering graduate school, she taught middle school English in Turkey.


Anne Kalbach, MBA, Center Administrator