Orly Clergé

2021
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of California, Davis

Orly  Clergé is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC-Davis and her research focuses on race and racism, migration & immigration,  cities, and cultural identity.  She is the award-winning author of the book The  New Noir: Race, Identity & Diaspora in Black Suburbia (University of California Press, 2019). The New Noir explores the Black identities of middle-class American, Haitian, and Jamaican suburbanites. The book contributes to understandings of how nationality, race, and “making it” are culturally negotiated by a  diverse and shrinking Black middle class during the Great Recession.