Steve Gold

Steve  Gold
  • Professor
  • CLS Affiliated Faculty
  • Department of Sociology
  • College of Social Science
  • 462 Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing MI 48823
  • 517-353-6352


Steven J. Gold is Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. His scholarly interests include international migration, ethnic economies, ethnic community development, qualitative field methods and visual sociology. Gold is the author, co-author or co-editor of eight books including The Israeli Diaspora(Routledge/University of Washington Press 2002) which won the Thomas and Znaniecki Award from the ASA’s International Migration Section for the best book on international migration in 2003. His book Ethnic Economies, co-authored with Ivan Light of UCLA, has received over 1000 Google Scholar citations. The chair of 22 PhD dissertations and author of over 150 journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews, Gold received the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Sociology from the Michigan Sociology Association in 2007, was a Visiting Scholar for the Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master’s in International Migration and Social Cohesion program at the University of Amsterdam and University of Osnabruck during Fall 2014 and received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association, International Migration, Section in 2019.