Michael Omi

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Associate Professor

592 Barrows
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00 p.m-4:00 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • A.B., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Research interests

Racial theory and politics, racial/ethnic classification and the census, Asians Americans and racial stratification, and racist and anti-racist social movements


Selected publications

  • Michael Omi and Howard Winant, “Racial Formation Rules:  Continuity, Instability, and Change” in Daniel Martinez HoSang, Oneka LaBennett, and Laura Pulido, eds.,Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London:  University of California Press, 2012).
  • Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States:  From the 1960s to the 1990s, Second Edition (New York and London:  Routledge, 1994)
  • Michael Omi and Howard Winant, “Once More, With Feeling:  Reflections on Racial Formation.” Special Topic:  Comparative Racialization.  PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association of America), Volume 123, Number 5 (October 2008)
  • “Asian Americans:  The Unbearable Whiteness of Being?,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 26, 2008, B56-58
  • “The Changing Meaning of Race,” in Neil Smelser, William Julius Wilson, and Faith Mitchell, editors, America Becoming:  Racial Trends and Their Consequences (Washington, D.C.:  National Academy Press, 2001)
  • “(E)racism:  Emerging Practices of Antiracist Organizations,” in Birgit Brander Rasmussen, Eric Klinenberg, Irene J. Nexica, and Matt Wray, editors, The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness (Durham:  Duke University Press, 2001)
  • Michael Omi and Dana Y. Takagi, “Situating Asian Americans in the Political Discourse of Affirmative Action,” in Robert Post and Michael Rogin, eds., Race and Representation: Affirmative Action (New York:  Zone Books, 1998)
  • “Racial Identity and the State:  The Dilemmas of Classification,” Law & Inequality, Volume XV, Number 1 (Winter 1997)
  • “Shifting the Blame:  Racial Ideology and Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era,” Critical Sociology, Volume 8, Number 3, (Fall 1992)

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award, the Division of Social Sciences, College of Letters & Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2009.
  • Community Changemakers Award, Asian Health Services, 2008
  • Inaugural Distinguished Teacher and Mentor Award, the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Asia and Asian America, 2005
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Berkeley, 1990



  • AAS 20A:  Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States
  • AAS 120:  Comparative History of Asian American Experiences in America
  • AAS 145:  Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities
  • AAS 165:  Research Methodologies in Asian American Communities
  • AAS 190:  Seminar on Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies
  • AAS H195A-H195B:  Senior Honors Seminar for Asian American Studies Majors
  • ES 11AC:  Theories and Concepts in Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • ES 24:  Freshman Seminar
  • ES 195:  Selected Issues in Comparative Ethnic Studies Research


  • ES 203:  Social Structures
  • ES 250:  Seminars on “Asian Americans and Racial Theory,” “Racism and Anti-racism,” and “Racial Theory and Politics,” and “Comparative Racialization and Relations Between Communities of Color”

Courses in 2013-2014

Fall:  ES 203:  Social Structures

Spring:  AAADS 20A:  Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States