Cara Bowman’s research focuses on the strategies that parents and high school students in the Greater Boston area use to ensure children’s college attendance and economic success. She is interested in the intersection of economic, educational, and intimate realms, and its connection to the reproduction of social inequalities. Her work includes a co-authored article in the Journal of International Migration and Integration. She also co-authored a book, Race and Immigration, which highlights the ways that historical constructions of racial categories have influenced immigration policy. At Boston University, she served as a graduate writing fellow, and as a result, continues to be particularly focused on developing students’ writing skills through sociological inquiry.


  • Trinity College, B.A.
  • Boston University, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Sociology of Marriages and Family
  • Seminar: Consumer Society and American Families
  • Kibria, Nazli & O’Leary, Megan & Bowman, Cara. (2018). The Good Immigrant Worker: 2013 US Senate Bill 744, Color-Blind Nativism and the Struggle for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 19. 10.1007/s12134-017-0516-2.
  • Kibria, Nazli, et al. Race and Immigration. Polity, 2013.