Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

Asst. Prof., LSJ / American Ethnic Studies, Ph.D., Sociology, City University of New York, The Graduate Center, 2006


Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky is an assistant professor in Law, Societies, and Justice and American Ethnic Studies. She is a sociologist by training, and specializes in immigration and labor studies, with a particular interest in the participation and rights of Latina/o immigrants in the U.S. labor market. Her research and teaching interests examine varied structuring forces – race, gender, nation and [il]legality – that intersect with immigration and labor legislation to shape a diversity of outcomes of inequality.

Currently, she is completing her first book manuscript, “Daily Labors. Marketing Identity and Bodies on a New York City Street Corner,” which highlights the role of race, gender and legal status in shaping the labor market outcomes and worker consciousness of immigrant day laborers in New York City. More recently, her work is exploring the blurred, flexible lines of citizenship, as documentation and as membership, by looking at legislation and practices in street vending. In Law, Societies and Justice, she currently teaches one seminar, “Working Immigrants, Labor and Legality”, which examines the effects of labor and immigration legislation intersecting with social locations, such as migrant status, race and gender, on labor market participation and workers’ rights. She also offers a lecture course, LSJ 329, “Immigration, Citizenship and Rights”, which studies immigration and citizenship policy and formation in shaping identity, membership and rights of [non]citizens.

Professor Pinedo Turnovsky received a B.A. in Sociology from Columbia University, an M.A. in Sociology from CUNY Queens College and a Ph.D. in Sociology from The City University of New York Graduate Center.