Lutz's primary research interests are racial and ethnic inequality, immigration, and education. She has written about the educational and linguistic outcomes of children of immigrants. Her research includes work on the incorporation of immigrants and their children in the United States and Europe. Lutz is also currently working on a collaborative project on how social class relates to educationally relevant parenting practices.
Discusses the history of participation of the three largest racial-ethnic groups in the military: whites, blacks, and Latinos. Offers an in-depth look at Latinos in the military. Reveals that a large percentage of Latinos who have served in the armed forces are the children of immigrants.
Examines how the retention of Spanish-language skills affects the academic achievement of English-proficient Latino/a children of immigrants and how this varies by gender. Explores the role that family interaction may play in mediating the impact of gender and language on achievement.
Investigates whether the net black advantage reflects the educational trajectories of immigrants rather than native blacks. Finds dual, yet distinct, cases of the net black advantage, such that native blacks are more likely than comparable whites to attend all types of colleges, whereas immigrant blacks are only more likely than similar whites to attend selective colleges.
Compares the transition from school to work among Mexican-origin youth in the United States and North African-origin youth in France relative to the native-majority youth with similar low-level credentials. Argues that high levels of youth unemployment in the society means greater ethnic penalties for second-generation minorities.