Tristan Ivory

Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Labor


Tristan Ivory's research is principally concerned with sub-Saharan African geographic, social, and economic mobility. As a 2020–21 Global Public Voices fellow, he is collaborating with Guilherme Kenjy Chihaya Da Silva.

His first research project examined sub-Saharan African migrants in Japan. More recently, he has begun a multiyear, multi-sited longitudinal interview project that will track sub-Saharan middle-class high-school and college students as they begin professional careers in order to assess whether there is a substantial correlation between international migration and better economic and social outcomes. He is also engaged in a long-term collaborative research project with colleagues in Sweden and Japan that addresses issues of foreign-born women's labor force participation in Japan, Sweden, and the United States.


Research Focus

Ivory is currently working on two newer projects: one further examines the nature and scope of cross-nativity marriage on labor force outcomes of the foreign born partner, and the second project is a multi-sited longitudinal interview project with Ghanaian, Kenyan, and South African youth enrolled in secondary and tertiary educational programs.


  • Ivory, Tristan (2018). “STEM and Underrepresented Populations: What’s at Stake” in New Directions of STEM Research and Learning in the World Ranking Movement Eds. Reiko Yamada, John Hawkins, and Aki Yamada. Palgrave MacMillan
  • Ivory, Tristan. 2017. “Strategic Ethnic Performance and the Construction of Authenticity in Urban Japan.” Ethnic and Racial Studies (
  • Ivory, Tristan. 2015. Review of Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa. Social Science Japan Journal, 18(1), pp.124-127.
  • Ivory, Tristan & Carter, Prudence L. 2012. “Cultural Reproduction,” encyclopedia entry for Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, ed. James A. Banks. Sage Publications.