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Faculty and Staff Profile

William Haller

Professor of Sociology

Office: 130E Brackett Hall

Phone: 864-656-3814

Fax: 864-656-1252

Educational Background

University of Pittsburgh 1999

University of Pittsburgh 1994

Hamilne University 1986

Courses Taught

Social Stratification
Sociological Theory
Social Class and Poverty
Methods of Social Research
Globalization and Social Change


Faculty Affiliate, Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University. Editor, Population Review (since July 2010). American Sociological Association (Sections: International Migration, Latino/a Sociology, Economic Sociology, Sociology of Development). IUSSP (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population). Population Association of America. RC-28 (Research Committee on Social Stratification of the International Sociological Association).

Research Interests

International migration (growth and adaptation of the immigrant second generation, transnationalism). Sociology of Development. Social stratification.

Research Publications

2019 Class and Ambition in the Status Attainment Process: A Spanish Replication. British Journal of Sociology. Vol. 70, No. 5, pp. 1825-1849. William J. Haller and Alejandro Portes.

2019 Leisure Experiences and Social Support Systems of Latino Students with DACA Status. Journal of Youth Development. Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 79-98. C. Austin Langley, Gwynn M. Powell, Toni Liechty, William Haller, and Denise Anderson.

2018 Rejoinder: General trends and exceptions in the incorporation of immigrant youths to host societies. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 517-521. Alejandro Portes, Rosa Aparicio, and William J. Haller. (Part of an eight article symposium in this issue of ERS on Spanish Legacies: The Coming of Age of the Second Generation.)

2018 Neighborhood environments and self-rated health in Mainland China, Japan and South Korea. PLoS ONE. Vol. 13, No. 9, e0204910. Jing Liu, Ye Luo, William Haller, Brenda VanderMey, and Ellen Granberg.

2016 Spanish Legacies: The Coming of Age of the Second Generation. Berkeley: University of California Press. Alejandro Portes, Rosa Aparicio, and William J. Haller.

2015 Transnational Leisure Experience of Second-Generation Immigrants: The Case of Chinese-Americans. Journal of Leisure Research. Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 102-124. Wei Jue Huang, William Norman, Gregory Ramshaw, and William J. Haller.

2013 Dreaming in Spain: Parental Determinants of Immigrant Children’s Ambition. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 557-589. Alejandro Portes, Erik Vickstrom, William J. Haller, and Rosa Aparicio.

2013 Diaspora Tourism and Homeland Attachment: An Exploratory Analysis. Tourism Analysis. Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 285-296. Wei-Jue Huang, William J. Haller, and Gregory P. Ramshaw.

2011 Dreams Fulfilled, Dreams Shattered: Determinants of Segmented Assimilation in the Immigrant Second Generation. Social Forces. Vol. 89, No. 3, pp. 733-762. William J. Haller, Alejandro Portes, and Scott Lynch.

2011 On the Dangers of Rosy Lenses: Reply to Alba, Kasinitz, and Waters. Social Forces. Vol. 89, No. 3, pp. 775-782. William J. Haller, Alejandro Portes, and Scott Lynch.

2011 Moving Ahead in Madrid: Aspirations and Expectations in the Spanish Second Generation. International Migration Review. Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 767-801. Alejandro Portes, Rosa Aparicio, William J. Haller, and Erik Vickstrom.

2010 The Cosmopolitan-Local Continuum in Cross-National Perspective. Journal of Sociology. Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 277-297. William J. Haller and Victor Roudometof.

2009 Household Socioeconomic Status Scales: Theoretic Anomalies? Population Review. Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 66-78. William J. Haller and Archibald O. Haller.

2009 The Adaptation of the Immigrant Second Generation in America: Theoretical Overview and Recent Evidence. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, special issue Local Contexts and the Prospects for the U.S. Second Generation, edited by Mark Ellis and Gunnar Almgren. Vol. 35, No. 7, pp. 1077-1104. Alejandro Portes, Patricia Fernández-Kelly, and William J. Haller.

2008 Fit to Miss, but Matched to Hatch: Success Factors among the Second Generation Disadvantaged Youth in South Florida. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science No. 620, pp. 161-176. Lisa Konczal and William J. Haller.

2005 Segmented Assimilation on the Ground: The New Second Generation in Early Adulthood. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 1000-1040. Alejandro Portes, Patricia Fernández-Kelly, and William J. Haller.

2005 The Transnational Dimensions of Identity Formation: Adult Children of Immigrants in Miami. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 1182-1214. William J. Haller and Patricia Landolt.

2005 Changes in the Structure of Status Systems: Employment Shifts in the Wake of Deindustrialization. Research in Stratification and Social Mobility. David Bills and Kevin Leicht (eds.): Vol. 22, pp. 119-147.

2005 Industrial Restructuring and Urban Change in the Pittsburgh Region: Developmental, Ecological, and Socioeconomic Trade-offs. Ecology and Society. Vol. 10, No. 1, Article 13.

2003 Assimilation and Transnationalism: Determinants of Transnational Political Action among Contemporary Migrants. American Journal of Sociology. Vol. 108, No. 6, pp. 1211-1248. Luis Guarnizo, Alejandro Portes, and William J. Haller.

2002 Transnational Entrepreneurs: An Alternative Form of Immigrant Adaptation.American Sociological Review. Vol. 67, No. 2, pp. 278-298. Alejandro Portes, William J. Haller, and Luis Guarnizo.

1996 Technology, Producer Services, and the New International Division of Labor. Journal of Developing Societies, special issue on Globalization and Class Struggle. Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 4-18. William J. Haller and Vijai P. Singh.

Honors and Awards

University Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement Award. Inaugural Class, 2018 (for publications each exceeding 1000 citations and international recognition in field of research).


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Population Review

Population Review on Project Muse

Princeton University Center for Migration and Development, Advisory Board

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