Ariela Schachter

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

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About Ariela

Schachter has expertise in the integration of immigrants in the United States and the implications of immigrant-native relations for inequality and group politics. Her current work focuses on how native-born Americans react to immigrants and their descendants as they achieve social mobility, as well as how immigrants view and relate to native-born Americans.


In the News

Research discussed by Brittny Mejia, in "California Officer’s Killing Stirs a Familiar Fear: ‘I Hope to God the Suspect isn’t Latino’," Los Angeles Times, January 11, 2019.
Opinion: "For Undocumented Immigrants, Socioeconomic Mobility Cannot Overcome Racial and Legal Barriers to Full Social Acceptance," Ariela Schachter, LSE American Politics and Policy Blog, December 9, 2016.
Research discussed by Peter Beinart, in "The Republican Party’s White Strategy," The Atlantic, July/August 2016.
Opinion: "New Poll Shows That Black Voters Really Aren’t ‘Feeling the Bern’," Ariela Schachter (with Mackenzie Israel-Trummel), Washington Post, February 18, 2016.


"Housing Search in the Age of Big Data: Smarter Cities or the Same Old Blind Spots?" (with John Kuk, Geoff Boeing, and Max Besbris). Housing Policy Debate 31, no. 1 (2020): 112-126.

Mentons that Craigslist listings in low-income, non-White neighborhoods have less amounts of information than high-income, White neighborhoods.

"From ‘Different’ to ‘Similar’: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Assimilation" American Sociological Review (October 2016).

Demonstrates how native-born, non-Hispanic whites react to immigrants and their descendants as they achieve social mobility, highlighting the strong stigma of undocumented legal status as well as the complex ways that race/ethnicity shape how Americans relate to one another.

"A Change of Heart or Change of Address? The Geographic Sorting of White Americans’ Attitudes towards Immigration," Population Association of America, 2015.

Challenges the idea that exposure to growing local immigrant population causes non-Hispanic whites to change their views on immigration by showing that whites who dislike immigration tend to move out of neighborhoods with growing immigrant populations and move to places with smaller immigrant communities. This selection process leads to a sorted population, where whites opposed to immigration live in places with fewer immigrants, while whites with more liberal immigration attitudes remain in areas with larger immigrant populations.

"Finding Common Ground? Indian Immigrants and Asian American Panethnicity" Social Forces 92, no. 4 (2014): 1487-1512.

Utilizes the case of Indian immigrants to the United States to challenge the notion that panethnic identities are an inevitable result of assimilation by showing that more assimilated Indian immigrants who live among large, non-Indian Asian populations are the least likely to identify panethnically.