Celeste Vaughan Curington is a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a 2016-2017 American Sociological Association Minority Fellow. Her several lines of research examine race, class and gender through the lens of care labor and migration, family, housing and assortative mating. Her published work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and the London School of Economics USAPP American Politics and Policy Blog, as well as in several media outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, and NBC.

Her dissertation ethnography centers on the position of African transnational migrants to Lisbon, Portugal, at a time of economic crisis, care deficit, and increased anti-immigrant sentiment. She analyzes Cape Verdean eldercare workers’ struggles and resiliencies as paid and unpaid caregivers, migrants, mothers and racialized workers in a former colonial metropole.

Her other areas of research include residential segregation and neighborhood choice, multiracial identity, and online mate selection. She is currently pursuing two collaborative projects - one uses data from the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LAFANS) and the US Census to examine the locational attainment of interracial households, and the other is an interview study that centers on interracial couples’ neighborhood choices. Celeste has received support from the American Sociological Assocation, the National Science Foundation, and the UMass Graduate School.


University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Ph.D Candidate, Sociology
Graduate Certificate, Advanced Feminist Studies
Expected 2017

“Negotiating Race, Work & Family: Cape Verdean Home Care Workers in Lisbon, Portugal”

Committee Members:
Enobong Branch (co-chair), Joya Misra (co-chair), Jennifer Lundquist, Miliann Kang

Fairleigh Dickinson University

BA, Sociology
BA, Spanish Language and Literature
Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language and Literature (Honors)
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (Honors)