[R4057] Ethnic Minority or White? Social and Economic Lives of Arab Americans

Created by Rita Stephan
Sunday, 11/22/15 11:00am


According to federal guidelines on race and ethnic measurement, persons from the Middle East and North Africa are considered White/Caucasian by race. Some Arab Americans have assimilated to the American way of life, are accepted by their peers as such, and feel entitled to identify themselves as white. Others argue that their experiences are closer to disadvantaged communities than privileged ones. Arab Americans are considered by many to be new to the US, yet Arab Americans have been in the US for more than 100 years. Is their status as perceived newcomers due to the fact that the majority of the Arab American population is immigrant rather than US born, or is it due to other aspects of their experiences? By analyzing Arab American socioeconomic characteristics such as income, poverty, education, and discrimination, this panel attempts to understand similarities and differences between Arab Americans and White and ethnic minority populations.


Arab American Studies Association






    Rita Stephan

    (North Carolina State University)
    Rita Stephan is a visiting researcher at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She works at the U. S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Analyst. She was previously the Arab-American analyst with the...
    Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer;