Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies
Ethnicity, Immigration, Race, Religion
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California at Berkeley
M.A., Sociology, University of California at Berkeley
A.B., Sociology, Brown University
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Bio & Research Interests
Religion, Asian American Religion, Ethnicity, Immigration, Sociology of Work
Carolyn Chen received her doctorate in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 2002. Prior to teaching at Berkeley, she was Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University, where she served as Director of the Asian American Studies Program. Professor Chen’s research focuses on two areas: work and religion in contemporary America, and religion, race, and ethnicity, especially among Asian Americans. She is author of Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience (Princeton 2008) and co-editor of Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion among the Latino and Asian-American Second Generation (NYU 2012). Her new book is Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley (Princeton 2022).
At UC Berkeley, Professor Chen is Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, a member of the Center for Chinese Studies, and the Religious Diversity Cluster at the Othering and Belonging Institute, and an affiliate in the Department of Sociology.
Race, Ethnicity, and Religion
Religions in Asian America
Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities
Children of Immigrants
Social Science Research Methods