Maria Abascal is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Dr. Abascal recently completed a postdoc in the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. She received her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University. Broadly, she is interested in intergroup relations and boundary processes, especially as they pertain to race, ethnicity and nationalism. Her dissertation explores the impact of Hispanic population growth––real and perceived––on relations between Blacks and Whites in the United States. Dr. Abascal's research draws on a range of quantitative methods and data sources, including original lab, survey, and field experiments. Other research projects deal with the consequences of diversity, the determinants of skin color perception, the sources of the criminal immigrant stereotype, the predictors of immigrant naturalization, and the geographic distribution of patriotic behaviors.