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Ranita Ray, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: CBC-B 236


Ranita Ray joined the faculty at UNLV in 2013 as an assistant professor of Sociology after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. Her current research and teaching interests include various aspects of urban poverty, education, social reproduction of poverty, ethnography and youth. Tentatively entitled Making of the Working Class: Poverty and Mobility in the Inner City, Ranita is currently working on a book project based on her dissertation research, which was a three-year long rigorous ethnography among youth in an inner-city community. Focusing on their transition to adulthood under the dire conditions of poverty, this project addresses the relationship between structure, culture and social reproduction of poverty. Ranita’s previous research has focused on the aging experiences of Asian Americans, localization of global human rights, and drug use among college students. In Las Vegas, Ranita hopes to continue ethnographic work on issues related to urban poverty and education.