Jan Doering

Assistant ProfessorJan Doering

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 826
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-1865
Fax: 514-398-7476
E-mail: jan.doering [at] mcgill.ca

Office Hours: Thursday 14:00 - 15:00

Research Areas

Race, ethnicity, migration, microsociology, political sociology, qualitative methods, urban sociology



Assistant Professor at McGill since 2016
PhD in Sociology, University of Chicago, 2014
Diplom in Sociology, Universität Bielefeld, 2008

Jan Doering studies race and ethnicity, politics, and urban change. His research draws on a variety of methods, including participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and content analysis. His book Us versus Them: Race, Crime, and Gentrification in Chicago Neighborhoods (Oxford University Press 2020) explores how residents, activists, and politicians navigate the thorny politics of race as they fight crime or resist gentrification.

Additionally, Dr. Doering has conducted research on the politics of interracial marriage, electoral campaigning in diverse and segregated neighborhoods, and urban political cleavages. Currently, he studies narrative identity formation among marginalized groups, examining especially how Muslims experience anti-immigration populism. His research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec.



Doering, Jan, Daniel Silver, and Zack Taylor. 2020. “The Spatial Articulation of Urban Political Cleavages.” Urban Affairs Review. Pre-published July 16, 2020.

Doering, Jan. 2020. Us versus Them: Race, Crime and Gentrification in Chicago Neighborhoods. New York: Oxford University Press.

Doering, Jan. 2019. “Ethno-Racial Appeals and the Production of Political Capital: Evidence from Chicago and Toronto.” Urban Affairs Review. Pre-published on March 7, 2019.

Doering, Jan. 2017. “Afraid of Walking Home From the L at Night? The Politics of Crime and Race in Integrated Neighborhoods.” Social Problems.

Doering, Jan. 2016. “Visibly White: How Community Policing Activists Manage their Whiteness.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2(1): 106-119.

Doering, Jan. 2014. “A Battleground of Identity: Racial Formation and the African American Discourse on Interracial Marriage.” Social Problems 61(4): 559-575.

Doering, Jan. 2010. “Face, Accounts, and Schemes in the Context of Relationship Breakups.” Symbolic Interaction 33(1): 71-95.

Doering, Jan. 2007 “Influences of Discriminatory Incidents on Immigrants’ Attitudes Toward German Society.” International Journal of Conflict and Violence 1(1): 20-31.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

SOC 222 Urban Sociology


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