Marcelle Medford

Marcelle Medford is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bates College. She is an expert on Black urban immigration, and has recently published work on the limitations of assimilation paradigms, arguing that nuanced theories of immigrant racialization are required to capture the breadth of Black multiplicities. This specialization currently informs her teachings in her courses on Urban Sociology, Immigration Racialization, Black Immigrant Narratives, and Principles of Sociology. Medford enjoys movies with subversive social commentary that depict the joy and banality of everyday life from the perspectives of Black and immigrant communities, and she loves the films: Boomerang (1992), Life is Beautiful (1997), Moonlight (2016), Dirty Pretty Things (2002), and Eat Drink Man Woman (1994). (Written by Eleanor Shields ’20)