Chandra Waring is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at UMass Lowell.

Chandra D.L. Waring, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Dugan Hall 205L


Race/racism, Bi/multiracial Americans, Intersections of race and gender, Qualitative research methods


  • Ph.D.: Sociology, University of Connecticut, 2013
    • Dissertation: "Beyond 'Code-switching:' Racial Capital of Black / White Biracial Americans"
  • Graduate Certificate: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut, 2010
  • M.A: Sociology, University of Connecticut, 2009
  • B.A.: Sociology, University of Connecticut, 2007


Chandra D. L. Waring's research focuses on the growing bi/multiracial American population. Her first study centered the experiences of Black/white biracials by exploring their family relationships, immigrant connections, dating patterns and preferences and their interactions with the white and Black communities. Her work decenters the short-sighted, yet convenient narrative that the increasing bi/multiracial Black/white population is evidence of a less racially contentious and more racially harmonious society. In a population that is often framed as the embodiment of a racial panacea, her work illuminates the complex and invisibilized racial realities of this community.

Her new study examines the comprehensive impact of whiteness in the bi/multiracial population of a variety of racial backgrounds (Black/white, Latinx/white, Asian/white and Indigenous/white). She explores how this subgroup articulates white privilege, how they experience white privilege and how white ancestry-and particularly appearing white-generates some disadvantages for them. She also investigates how their racial and ethnic backgrounds are policed by monoracials (single-race individuals). Her research complicates and updates the literature on white privilege and expands the scholarship on bi/multiracials by focusing on individuals of many bi/multiracial backgrounds.

Selected Publications