Dr. Dina Okamoto

Dina Okamoto is the Director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) and Professor of Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington.  She has helped to expand the impact and visibility of CRRES as a multi-disciplinary center focused on social science and humanities scholarship related to race and ethnicity. Specifically, Dina has worked to build interdisciplinary networks and community on campus; provide training, research, and grant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdocs and faculty; and shape relevant campus conversations and initiatives related to race, diversity, and inclusion.

Dina’s research broadly focuses on how immigrants and racial minorities in the U.S. become part of American society.  She examines the dynamics of immigrant incorporation as well as intergroup conflict, cooperation, and collective action.  Her current projects investigate the civic and political incorporation of immigrants, early activist narratives that gave rise to the new categories of “Asian American” and “Hispanic”, and how youth-serving community organizations deal with increasing ethnic, racial, and language diversity.  She is author of Redefining Race: Asian American Panethnicity and Shifting Ethnic Boundaries (Russell Sage Foundation, 2014) and is currently completing a book on how increasing ethnoracial diversity in the U.S. shapes intergroup perceptions and attitudes in the 21st century.   

Dina has received research grants from the Russell Sage Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford and at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York.