Nikita Carney

Nikita Carney

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies

10B Stubbs Hall

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Humanities & Social Sciences

Sociology & African and African American Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Migration
  • Ethnography



I am joining the faculty at LSU after earning my PhD in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara with a designated emphasis in Black Studies. I also have a master’s in Gender/Cultural Studies from Simmons College.

My interdisciplinary research engages with race and ethnicity, gender, and ethnographic methods. Grounded in fieldwork with Haitian women in Boston, Montreal, and Paris, my primary research project is a multi-sited ethnography examining the role that paid labor plays in negotiating cultural citizenship and national belonging for Haitian women in diaspora

In addition to my research on gender, labor, and migration, I have conducted a study on Black Lives Matter and social media, investigating the ways in which youth of color use platforms such as Twitter to shape public discourse in the nation. My next research project will be an ethnography of youth of color in urban spaces to examine the ways in which they experience inclusion and exclusion within the nation and within transnational communities.

My work appears in journals such as the Annual Review of Sociology, Humanity & Society, and Sociology Compass.


PhD: University of California, Santa Barbara (2019)

Curricullum Vitae

Courses Recently Taught at LSU

(Syllabi are for illustrative purposes & subject to change)

  • SOCL 2511: Race Relations