Mary J. Fischer

Mary Fischer

Associate Professor of Sociology
Affiliate of the Center for Population Research

Office: 106 Manchester Hall
Telephone: 860 486-4425
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PhD., 2003, Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., 1999, Demography, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., 1997, Urban Studies, College of Wooster



Mary Fischer joined the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2004 after completing a post-doc at Princeton University.  Her research interests broadly defined concern processes of stratification, particularly by race and ethnicity. Some of the other topics she studies include minorities in higher education, immigration, neighborhood attainment, and residential segregation.

Professor Fischer has received support for her research from the AERA/NSF, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the University of Connecticut Research Foundation.


Fischer, Mary J. and Travis Lowe. Forthcoming. “Homebuyer Neighborhood Attainment in Black and White: Housing Outcomes During the Boom and Bust.” Social Forces.

Fischer, Mary J. 2013 “Black and White Homebuyer, Homeowner, and Household Segregation in the United States, 1990-2010” Social Science Research 42(6):1726-1736.

Fischer, Mary J.  2010. Forthcoming.  “How do College Students Find Summer Jobs?  The Role of Institutional Contacts in Employment Outcomes”  Social Science Quarterly

Fischer, Mary J. 2010.  “Immigrant Educational Outcomes In New Destinations: An Exploration of High School Attrition”  Social Science Research 39(4):627-541.

Charles, Camille Z, Mary J. Fischer, Margarita Mooney, and Douglas S. Massey.  2009. Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective
Colleges and Universities.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Fischer, Mary J.  2008  “Does Campus Diversity Promote Friendship Diversity?  A Look at Inter-Racial Friendships in College” Social Science Quarterly  89(3):631-655.

Fischer, Mary J.  2008.  “Shifting Geographies: Examining the Role of Suburbanization in Black’s Declining Segregation” Urban Affairs Review 43(4):475-496.

Fischer, Mary J. 2007.  ‘Settling into Campus Life: Differences by Race/Ethnicity in College Involvement and Outcomes.’ Journal of Higher Education 78(2): 125-161.

Fischer, Mary J.  2003.  ‘The Relative Importance of Class and Race in Determining Residential Outcomes in U.S. Urban Areas, 1970-2000’ Urban Affairs Review Volume 38, Number 5, pp. 669-696.