Faculty Publications

2010 “South/North Relations in the Americas,” a chapter in Diasporas: Concepts, Identities, Intersections. Editors, Kim Knott and Sean McLoughlin. London: Zed Books. (Alex Stepick, Carol Dutton Stepick, and Patricia Vanderkooy).
2010 “Becoming American” In Handbook of Identity Theory and Research. Editors: Seth Schwartz, Koen luycks and Viv Vignoles. New York: Springer Publishing. (Alex Stepick, Carol Dutton Stepick, and Patricia Vanderkooy).
2010 “The Complexities and Confusions of Segmented Assimilation,” a chapter in a special edition of Ethnic and Racial Studies. Editors, Maurice Crul and Jens Schneider. July 33(7). (Alex Stepick & Carol Dutton Stepick).
2009 “Would the Employee Free Choice Act Effectively Protect the Right to Unionize? Evidence from a South Florida Nursing Home Case.” Labor Studies Journal, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 65-90, March. (Bruce Nissen).
2009 'Social Justice Infrastructure' Organizations as New Actors From the Community: The Case of South Florida. Journal of Community Practice, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 157-169, January.(Bruce Nissen).
2009 “Immigrant-Established Resident Interactions in Miami, Florida,” Studies of Transition States and Societies, November 1(1): 81-91. (Alex Stepick & Carol Dutton Stepick).
2009 Diverse Contexts of Reception and Feelings of Belonging. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(3), Art. 15, (Alex Stepick and Carol Dutton Stepick).

Research Reports

RISEP’s mission is to conduct social science research that brings attention to issues facing low-income communities and working people in the state of Florida, and empowers them to participate in public debate. Our research focuses include work and the economy, minority and women workers, labor unions, equitable urban development and affordable housing, health care, immigration, and the environment. At Florida International University, RISEP is a resource for educators and students who are interested in the issues we study and in working with low-income communities. Most university-based research is conducted far away from low-income communities, communities of color, and working people. We strive to be an example of how researchers can partner with communities and involve community members in problem solving research that directly impacts their lives.


  • Housing
  • Health Care
  • Minority and women workers
  • Work wages and income
  • Florida’s economy
  • Immigrant workers
  • Labor and unions
  • Community benefits from development