James Witte is a professor of sociology, Director of the Center for Social Science Research and Director of the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Witte earned his PhD in sociology from Harvard University. He received a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and government from Beloit College. He also did graduate work at Boston University and in Germany at the University of Bonn and the University of Frankfurt. Witte has been a professor at Clemson University and Northwestern University, a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center, a lecturer in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a research assistant at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin.
Dr. Witte’s ongoing major projects include directing the privately funded Institute for Immigration Research, which examines the economic contributions of immigrants to the U.S., and the U.S. State Department funded University Partnership with the University of Karachi in Pakistan. Dr. Witte recently completed his third visit to the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad, Pakistan as part of a Fulbright Specialist award. His interest in Pakistan, which he has visited seven times in the last four years, is motivated by a desire to learn more about “one of the places in the world about which Americans know the least and where our ignorance is most dangerous.”
Dr. Witte has written numerous academic articles that have appeared in journals including The European Sociological Review, Population and Development Review and Sociological Methods and Research. Along with his students, Witte blogs for The Huffington Post on immigration issues. He has also published three books, Labor Force Integration and Marital Choice, the Internet and Social Inequality and The Normal Bar. The Normal Bar, co-authored with Chrisanna Northrup and Pepper Schwartz, reached #8 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. Witte is now in the early phases of a new book project, tentatively titled: When and How do Africans become African Americans?