Filiz Garip

Professor & Former Director of CSES

Dr. Garip received the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship at Princeton, and was part of the Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows. At Harvard, she taught courses on migration and economic sociology, and won the George Kahrl Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Sociology. She serves as a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology and Sociological Science. Dr. Garip collaborates with scholars in different fields, including political science, computer science and statistics. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Clark Fund, Milton Fund, Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.


  • Sociology;
  • migration;
  • economic sociology;
  • inequality;
  • social networks

Current Research Interests

Filiz Garip’s research lies at the intersection of migration, economic sociology and inequality. Within this general area, she studies the mechanisms that enable or constrain mobility and lead to greater or lesser degrees of social and economic inequality. Her articles have been published in Population and Development Review, Demography, Social Forces and the American Journal of Sociology. Her book, , On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-U.S. Migration is in print at Princeton University Press; it characterizes the diversity of the Mexican migrant population in the United States. Garip received her Ph.D. in Sociology and M.S.E in Operations Research & Financial Engineering both from Princeton University. She holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul.

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“Actors do not behave or decide as atoms outside a social context ... Their attempts at purposive action are instead embedded in concrete, ongoing systems of social relations.”— Mark Granovetter