Post Doctoral Fellows




Grad Student Affiliates


Advisory Board

People: RDI Staff


TBN, Project Coordinator







Mosi Ifatunji, Website Manager and Co-Coordinator of Graduate Student Network


Mosi is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include racial ideology and inequality, immigration and migration and mixed-methods research methodology. He is currently working on his dissertation entitled, "Are Black Immigrants a Model Minority? Race, Ethnicity and Sociopolitical Inequality in the United States." In his dissertation he employs the case of the "Negro Immigrant" as a naturally occurring scientific experiment in an effort to isolate the relative roles of "color" and "culture" in the production of persistent racial inequality in America.(




Adria Welcher, Graduate Assistant and Co-Coordinator of Graduate Student Network


Adria is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Emory University. Her scholarly interests focus on race, education, and stratification.  She is currently working on her dissertation entitled, "Chasing the Dream: How Black Middle Class Parents Make Educational Decisions for Their Children."  Her dissertation analyzes the responses of 60 black middle class families in the Atlanta metro area in an effort to understand the processes by which parents reproduce their middle class status for their children through their educational choices.(




Erik Zambrano, Web and Social media development consultant

Erik is a senior at Columbia University with a dual major in Political Science and Sociology. His academic interests are in the political representations of racial and ethnic minorities in the American political system and economic sociology. Erik is assisting RDI in website and social media development. In the future, Erik plans on pursuing a career in multicultural advertising at a world-renowned agency.