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Daniel Herda

Academic Title

Chair, Sociology & Associate Professor, Sociology

Research Interests

  • Immigration
  • Public Opinion
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Crime
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Social Psychology

Research Summary

My research examines attitudes and interpersonal experiences related to race, ethnicity and immigration status. Much of my work considers how respondents incorrectly perceive facts about immigrant populations. This ignorance is associated strongly with anti-immigrant attitudes in both Europe and the United States. I have also focused a great deal on the consequences of interpersonal racial discrimination for minority and immigrant adolescents. I find that falling victim is linked to involvement in crime and more negative attitudes toward schooling. Recently, my interests have shifted more toward the topic of immigration. Since 2017, I have offered a Sociology of Immigration course with a study abroad in Germany. It is an exciting opportunity that allows students to observe our course content firsthand as we explore Berlin and Hamburg.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Davis
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Davis
  • B.A., Sociology and Political Science, St. Joseph’s College

Areas of Expertise

  • Immigration
  • Anti-Immigrant Attitudes
  • Assimilation
  • Delinquency and Crime
  • Interpersonal Discrimination
  • Population Misperceptions
  • Public Opinion

Recent Publications

Hagen, John, Bill McCarthy, and Daniel Herda. Forthcoming. “Racist Torture and the Code of Silence: A Situational Analysis of Sidebar Secrecy and Legal Cynicism in the Trial of Jon Burge” Accepted for Publication with DuBois Review.

Herda, Daniel. Forthcoming (2021) “Defining and Attaining Whiteness” chapter in Sociology in Action: Race and Ethnic Relations. (ed.) Kathleen Korgen and Maxine Atkinson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hagen, John, Bill McCarthy, and Daniel Herda. Forthcoming. Chicago’s Reckoning: Racism, Politics and the Deep History of Policing in an American City. Book Manuscript. Under Contract with Oxford University Press.

Herda, Daniel. 2021. “Experienced, Anticipated, and Vicarious Discrimination: Consequences and Resilience for Minority Adolescents’ School Engagement.” Social Currents.

Herda, Daniel. 2021. “Making Sense of Migration and Immigration.” P.p. 128-149 in Social Problems: Sociology in Action, (ed.) Maxine P. Atkinson, Kathleen Odell Korgen, and Mary Nell Trautner. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Herda, Daniel. 2020. “Is Not Knowing the Same as Being Incorrect?: An Examination of Immigrant Population Innumeracy Non-Response.” In Understanding Survey Methodology: Sociological Theory and Applications, (ed. Phillip Brenner). Springer.

Hagan, John, Bill McCarthy, and Daniel Herda. 2020. “What the Study of Legal Cynicism and Crime Can Tell Us about Reliability, Validity, and Versatility in Law and Social Science Research” Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences. 16 (1):

McCarthy, Bill, John Hagan, and Daniel Herda. 2020. “Neighborhood Climates of Legal Cynicism and Complaints about Abuse of Police Power.” Criminology. Online First:

Herda, Daniel. 2020. “Ignorance in a Context of Tolerance: Misperceptions about Foreigners in Canada”. Migration Letters. 17(3): 411-424.

Herda, Daniel. 2019. “Teaching Demographic Ignorance with the Correcting Misperceptions Exercise: A Replication and Extension of Previous Research” Numeracy. 12 (2)

Herda, Daniel. 2019 “Tracking Ignorance: Examining Changes in Immigrant Population Innumeracy in the United States from 2005 to 2013”. Migration Letters. 16 (2): 329-339.

Herda, Daniel. 2018. “Reactive Ethnicity and Anticipated Discrimination among Muslim Americans in Southeastern Michigan.” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 38 (3): 372-391.

Herda, Daniel. 2018. “Comparing Ignorance: Misperceptions about Immigrants in the United States and Western Europe”. Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences. 12 (2): 5.

Hagan, John, William McCarthy, and Daniel Herda. 2018. “Race, Legal Cynicism, and the Machine Politics of Drug Law Enforcement in Chicago”. DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race. 15 (1): 129-151.

Hagan, John, Bill McCarthy, Daniel Herda, and Andrea Cann Chandrasekher. 2018. “Dual-Process Theory of Racial Isolation, Legal Cynicism, and Reported Crime” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115 (28), 7190-7199.

Herda, Daniel, and William McCarthy. 2018. “No Experience Required: Violent Crime and Anticipated, Vicarious, and Experienced Racial Discrimination.” Social Science Research. 70: 115-130. ;

Herda, Daniel. 2018. “To Hell with them All!: Perceived Discrimination, Racial Attitudes and Interracial Contact.” Sociological Focus. 51 (2): 111-129.

Herda, Daniel. 2017. “Correcting Misperceptions: An In-Class Exercise for Reducing Population Innumeracy Using Student Response Systems and a Test of Its Effectiveness.” Teaching Sociology. 45 (2) 152-160.

Herda, Daniel. 2016. “The Specter of Discrimination: Reported Racial Discrimination Fear among Minority Adolescents in Chicago” Social Science Research. 55: 48-62. ;

Herda, Daniel. 2015. “Innumeracy in Turkey: Misperceptions of an Emerging Immigrant Population”. Insight Turkey. 17: 187-205.

Herda, Daniel. 2015. “Beyond Innumeracy: Heuristic Decision-Making and Qualitative Misperceptions about Immigrants in Finland.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 38 (9) 1627-1645.

Herda, Daniel. 2013. “Too Many Immigrants?: Examining Alternative Forms of Immigrant Population Innumeracy.” Sociological Perspectives. 56: 213-240.

Herda, Daniel. 2013. “Innocuous Ignorance?: Perceptions of the American Jewish Population Size.” Contemporary Jewry. 33: 241-245.

Okamoto, Dina, Daniel Herda and Cassie Hartzog. 2013. “Beyond Good Grades: Immigrant Integration in U.S. Schools through Participation in Extracurricular Activities.” Social Science Research. 42: 155-168.

Rude, Jesse and Daniel Herda. 2010. “Best Friends Forever? Race and the Stability of Adolescent Friendships.” Social Forces. 89: 585-608.

Herda, Daniel. 2010. “‘How Many Immigrants?’ Foreign Born Population Innumeracy in Europe.” Public Opinion Quarterly. 74: 674-695.

Honors and Awards

  • Burns “Bud” Roper Fellow Award, American Association of Public Opinion Research, 2016.
  • SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award, American Sociological Association, 2015.
  • Children and Youth Section Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association, 2013.
  • Graduate Student Paper Award, American Association of Public Opinion Research, Pacific Chapter, 2012.