Academic Title

Chair & Interim Associate Dean

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

Herda, Daniel. Forthcoming. “Taking the Good with the Bad: Considering the Diverse Roster of Contacts between Citizens and Immigrants” Project building on my paper “Misperceptions, Attitudes, and the Varied Encounters between European Citizens and non-EU Foreigners”. Accepted for publication with  Migration & Diversity.


Herda, Daniel. 2023. “Population Innumeracy and Anti-Immigrant Violence: The Case of South Africa.” International Migration Review. Online First. https://doi.org/10.1177/01979183231170794 


Herda, Daniel. 2023. The Sociology of Immigration: Crossing Borders, Creating New Lives. Sage Publications: Los Angeles.


McCarthy, Bill, John Hagan, Daniel Herda, and Wesley Skogan. 2023. “The Past as Prelude: Neighborhood Legacies of Police Misconduct Complaints and Police Stops” Race and Justice.


Herda, Daniel and Amshula Divadkar (Undergraduate Coauthor). 2023. “The Imagined Immigration and the Criminal Immigrant: Developing a Catalog of Immigrant-Related Ignorance” Migration Letters. 20 (1): 71-87. [citations: 1]


Herda, Daniel. 2023. “Making Sense of Migration and Immigration. Social Problems: Sociology in Action: Second Edition, (ed.) Maxine P. Atkinson and Kathleen Odell Korgen. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Hagan, John, William McCarthy, and Daniel Herda. 2022. “The President and the Boss’s Son: Prosecuting the Crimes of America’s Most Powerful”. Theoretical Criminology. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/13624806221122610 

Herda, Daniel. 2022. “Immigration Attitudes and Exposure to Ethnic Diversity: A Simultaneous Examination of Positive, Negative, and Neutral Intergroup Experiences”. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 45 (14)  https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2022.2030487 

Hagen, John, Bill McCarthy, and Daniel Herda. 2022. Chicago’s Reckoning: Racism, Politics and the Deep History of Policing in an American City. New York: Oxford University Press. [citations 3]

Herda, Daniel. 2022. “Defining, Attaining, and Benefitting from Whiteness” Pp 135-152 in Race and Ethnicity: Sociology in Action. (ed.) Kathleen Korgen and Maxine Atkinson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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.