Professor - Sociology
dplaza@oregonstate.edu

Office: 541-737-5369

Bexell Hall

Bexell Hall 201C

2251 SW Campus Way

2251 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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Teaching

  • Soc 204 - Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 315 - Methods I: Research Design
  • Soc 316 - Methods II: Quantitative Analysis
  • Soc 418/518 - Qualitative Research Methods
  • Soc 437/537 - Race & Ethnic Relations
  • Soc 438/538 - US Immigration Issues
  • Soc 499- International Study Abroad: Cuba/ Canada
  • Soc 460 - The Sociology of Globalization

Current Projects

  • Caribbean Transnational Culture and Carnival
  • Transnational Families and Social Media
  • STEM Women and barriers to tenure and promotion
  • Caribbean immigrants living arrangements and family structures in Canada
  • The second and third generation of Caribbean Canadians
  • Adaptive Capacity networks and forest fires

Research Interests

  • Caribbean Studies
  • Migration and Settlement
  • Race and Ethnic Relations

Curriculum Vitae

 


Brief Vita

Education

  • 1995-1997 Post Doctoral Research Fellowship Oxford Brooks University. Living Arrangements, Family Structure and Social Change of Caribbeans in Britain.
  • 1996 Ph.D. in Sociology, York University, Canada. Thesis title: "The Strategies and Strategizing of University Educated Caribbean-born Men in Canada: A Study of Occupation and Income Achievements". Supervisor: Alan Simmons.
  • 1996 Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies, York University.
  • 1995 University Teaching Practicum Certificate, York University.
  • 1990 Master of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Research focus: Social Planning and Policy for Human Settlement Issues in the Commonwealth Caribbean.
  • 1990 Graduate Diploma in Latin America and Caribbean Studies, York University.
  • 1983-1987 Honors B.A. in Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, York University.


Journal Publications

  • 2019 Plaza, Dwaine & Lauren Plaza "Facebook and WhatsApp as Elements in Transnational Care Chains for the Trinidadian Diaspora" Genealogy, Vol. 3, No. 15 pp 1-22.
  • 2019 Warner, Rebecca & Dwaine Plaza et. al. Advancing women in STEM: institutional transformation. The Lancet Vol 393, No 10171, pp 6-9. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/issue/vol393no10171/PIIS0140-6736(19)X0006-9 Lancet
  • 2014 Plaza, Dwaine “Roti and Doubles as Comfort Foods for the Trinidadian Diaspora in Canada, the United States, and Britain” Social Research: An International Quarterly Vol. 81, No.2, pp. 463-488.
  • 2014 Plaza, Dwaine & Amy Below “Social Media as a Tool for Transnational Caregiving for the Caribbean Diaspora” Social and Economic Studies, Vol. 1 No. 63, pp.25—56
  • 2012 Plaza, Dwaine “Facebook Serving as a Transnational Bridge for Connecting the Trinidadian Disapora Community” Comunidades, Number 2, June 2012, pp. 52-55. www.azores.gov.pt.
  • 2009 Plaza, Dwaine “Transnational Identity Maintenance via the Internet A Content Analysis of the Websites Constructed by Second Generation Caribbean-Origin Students in Post–Secondary Institutions” Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, Volume: 7, Fall 2009, pp. 37-52.
  • 2009 Wahab, Amar & Dwaine Plaza “Queerness in the Transnational Caribbean-Canadian Diaspora” Caribbean Review of Gender Studies Vol 3 Fall 2001 pp 1-39 http://sta.uwi.edu/crgs/november2009/index.asp
  • 2008 Plaza, Dwaine “Transnational Return Migration to the English Speaking Caribbean.” Revue Europeenne des Migrations Internationales. Vol, 24No 1. pp. 115-137.
  • 2007 Plaza, Dwaine “An Examination of Transnational Remittance Practices of Jamaican Canadian Families.” Global Development Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3-4, pp. 217-250.
  • 2007 Gonzales-Berry, Erlinda, Marcella, Mendoza & Dwaine Plaza "Segmented Assimilation of One-and-a Half Generation Mexican Youth in Oregon" Latino(a) Research Review. Vol. 6 No. 1-2 pp. 94-118.
  • 2007 Plaza, Dwaine "Migration Caribbeene et Integration au Canada: a la poursuite du reve d’ascension Sociale (1900-1998)." Terres D’Amerique, Vol 6, pp. 141-157.
  • 2006 Plaza, Dwaine. “The Construction of a Segmented Hybrid Identity Among One and a Half and Second Generation Indo- and African- Caribbean Canadians.” Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research. Vol. 6 (3) 207-230.
  • 2004 Plaza Dwaine. “Disaggregating the Indo and African-Caribbean Migration and Settlement Experience in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Vol. 29, No. 57-58, pp. 241-266.
  • 2004 Robert Thompson, Kurt, Peters & Dwaine Plaza “Learning through Listening: Applying an Action Learning Model to a Cross-Cultural Field Study Experience in Native America,” International Journal of Intercultural Relations. Vol. 28, No. 2 pp 165-180.
  • 2002 Plaza, Dwaine & Kathleen Stanley. “Camaraderie and Hierarchy in College Football: A Content Analysis of Team Photographs.” Sociology of Sport On Line. Volume 5, No. 2. Special Issue, November/December. http://physed.otago.ac.nz/sosol/v5i2/v5i2.html
  • 2000 Plaza, Dwaine, “In Pursuit of the Mobility Dream: Second Generation British/Caribbeans Returning to Jamaica and Barbados,” Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp 135-160.
  • 2002 Kathleen Stanley & Dwaine Plaza, “No Passport Required: An Action Learning Approach to Teaching About Globalization”. The Journal of Teaching Sociology, Vol. 30 No. 1. pp 110-130.
  • 2001 Plaza, Dwaine. “A Socio-Historic Examination of Caribbean Migration to Canada: Moving to the Beat of Changes in Immigration Policy”. Wabaggi Journal of Diaspora Studies , Vol 4, No 1. pp. 39-80.
  • 2000 Carl, James, Dwaine Plaza & Cliff, Jansen, “Issues of Race in the Employment Experiences of Caribbean Women in Toronto,” Canadian Women Studies Journal, Vol 19, No. 3 pp. 129-134.
  • 2000 Plaza, Dwaine. “Transnational Grannies: The Changing Family Responsibility of Elderly African Caribbean-born Women Resident in Britain”. Social Indicators Research Journal, Vol XI, No7, pp. 180-201.
  • 1999 Simmons, Alan & Dwaine Plaza, “Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling: The Pursuit of University Training Among Afro-Caribbean Migrants and Their Children in Toronto”. In the Canadian Journal of Ethnic Studies, Vol XXX, No. 3, pp. 99-120.
  • 1995 Mehta, Michael & Dwaine Plaza, "A Content Analysis of Pornographic Images on the Internet". In J. Shallit and H. Lyons (eds.) Free Speech and Privacy in the Information Age, Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, pp. 246-258.
  • 1992 Alan, Simmons & Dwaine Plaza. "International Migration and Schooling in the Eastern Caribbean". La Educacion: Revista Interamericana De Desarrollo Educativo, Washington: Organization of American States, No. 107, pp. 187-214.


Book Publications

  • 2006 Plaza, Dwaine & Frances Henry. Returning to the Source: The Final Stage of the Caribbean Migration Circuit. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press.
  • 2020 Frances Henry & Dwaine Plaza Caribbean Women In Carnival, University Press of  Mississippi.


Book Chapter Publications

  • 2020 Plaza, Dwaine “Caribbana in Toronto: From Male Dominance to Female Agency” in Henry, Frances (ed.) Caribbean Women In Carnival, University Press of Mississippi.
  • 2020 Plaza, Dwaine & DeCosmo, Jan “The Africanization of Trinidad Carnival: From the Jamet to Bikini, Beads and Feathers” in Henry, Frances (ed.) Caribbean Women In Carnival, University Press of Mississippi.
  • 2018 Bonnie Ruder, Dwaine Plaza & Rebecca Warner & Michelle Bothwell "It’s Just Locker Room Talk:" STEM Women Faculty Experiencing Institutional Betrayal” in Christine Cho (ed) Poison in the Watercooler, Palgrave McMillan.
  • 2014 Plaza, Dwaine “Barrels of Love Barrels of Love: A Study of the Soft Goods Remittance Practices of Transnational Jamaican Households in Klobe, Sinah (ed) Caribbean Food Cultures, Ian Randal Publisher.
  • 2014 Coles, Derron & Plaza, Dwaine “African Americans in STEM” in Brent Steel (ed.), Science and Politics: An A to Z Guide to Issues and Controversies. Los Angeles, CA: Sage/CQ Press.
  • 2010 Plaza, Dwaine “A Content Analysis of Web Pages Constructed by Second-Generation Caribbeans in Andoni Alonso & Pedro Oiazabal (ed) Reading Digital Diasporas: Spaces of Identity, Politics and Technology, Nevada: University of Nevada Press
  • 2009 Plaza, Dwaine & Frances Henry “Transnational Return Migration to the English-Speaking Caribbean” in Elizabeth-Thomas-Hope (ed) Freedom and Constraint in Caribbean Migration and Diaspora, Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, pp. 157-180.
  • 2007 Plaza, Dwaine “Qualitative Research Methods Soc 418/518 Syllabus” in the American Sociological Association 4th edition of the 2007 Teaching Qualitative Methods Compendium.
  • 2007 Gonzales-Berry, Erlinda & Dwaine Plaza. “‘We are tired of cookies and old clothes’: From Poverty Programs to Community Empowerment Among Oregon’s Mexicano Population, 1957-1975.” In Xing, Jun et al. Seeing Color: Indigenous Peoples and Radicalized ethnic Minorities in Oregon, Pp 93-116, Oregon State University Press.
  • 2006 Plaza, Dwaine “Second Generation “Returnee” Migration to Jamaica and Barbados: Pursing Happiness and Mobility.” In Plaza, Dwaine & Frances Henry (ed). Returning to the Source: The Final Stage of the Caribbean Migration Circuit, pp 145-166. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press.
  • 2006 Plaza, Dwaine & Frances Henry “An Overview of Return Migration to the English Speaking Caribbean.” In Plaza, Dwaine & Frances Henry (ed). Returning to the Source: The Final Stage of the Caribbean Migration Circuit, pp 145-166. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press.
  • 2006 Simmons, Alan. & Dwaine, Plaza. “The Caribbean Community in Canada: Transnational Connections and Transformation” in Wong, Lloyd & Vic Satzewich, Negotiating Borders and Belonging: Transnational Identities and Practices in Canada. University of British Columbia Press. Pp. 130-149.
  • 2004 Plaza Dwaine, “Caribbean Migration to Canada: Mobility and Opportunity 1900-2001” In Sandra Courtman (ed) Beyond the Blood, The Beach and the Banana: New Perspectives in Caribbean Studies. Ian Randal Publisher.
  • 2001 Plaza Dwaine. “Race and Ethnic Relations Syllabus 437/537,” American Sociological Association Teaching Guide on Race and Ethnic Relations 2001 Edition. New York: American Sociological Association.
  • 2001 Plaza, Dwaine. “Aging in Babylon: Elderly Caribbeans Living in Great Britain”. In Harry Goulbourne (ed.) Caribbean Families in Britain and the Transatlantic World, London: Macmillian, The University of Warwick Caribbean Studies Series. pp. 219-231.
  • 1999 Plaza, Dwaine. contributing author and (co-editor) (with Mark Edwards) to “Writing Within Sociology: A Guide for Undergraduates”. Oregon State University, Department of Sociology.
  • 1998 Plaza, Dwaine. “Strategies and Strategizing: The Struggles for Upward Mobility Among University Educated Caribbean-Born Men in Canada”. In Mary Chamberlain (ed.) Globalized Identities: New Directions in the Study of Caribbean Migration, London: Routledge, pp. 249-266.
  • 1997 Mehta, Michael, & Dwaine Plaza, "Pornography in cyberspace: An exploration of what's in Usenet". In Sarah. Kiesler (ed.), Culture of the Internet, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 53-67.
  • 1995 Plaza Dwaine, "Foodbanks in the New International Division of Labor: An Examination of the "New" Clients at the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto". In Ioan, Davies & Paul Anisef (eds.) Contested Boundaries/ Different Sociologies, York University, North York: Institute for Social Research, pp. 453-472.
  • 1990 Plaza Dwaine. An Examination of Low Income Housing and Disaster Preparedness in Select Commonwealth Caribbean Countries: Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and St. Lucia, Ottawa: CIDA Publications.
  • 1989 Plaza, Dwaine with David, Morley and Paul, Wilkinson. The Barbados Micro-Computer Database, Barbados. Electronic database formatted for regional distribution.
  • 1988 Plaza D. Low Income Housing Options In Jamaica, Toronto: Faculty of Environmental Studies International News Letter, Vol. 3, No 5, pp.25-35.


Research Awards

  • 2019 Coupled human and natural systems (CHANS). Toward a theory of adaptive capacity in coupled human and natural systems. (Funded 1.4 million for four years).
  • 2015 NSF EAGER project: Understanding the confluence: social identities and engineering education and practice. (Funded at $300,000 for two years).
  • 2014 Advance Grant National Science Foundation—Campus climate for women in STEM/SBS fields. (Funded at 3.2 Million for five years).

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My Publications

2014

Journal Article

Plaza, Dwaine. Disaggregating The Indo- And African-Caribbean Migration And Settlement Experience In Canada. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 29.57-58 (2014): 241 - 266. Print. Canadian Journal Of Latin American And Caribbean Studies Canadian Journal Of Latin American And Caribbean Studies.

2008

Journal Article

Plaza, Dwaine. Transnational Return Migration To The English Speaking Caribbean. Revue Europeenne des Migrations Internationales 24.1 (2008): 115-137. Print. Revue Europeenne Des Migrations Internationales.

2007

Book Chapter

Plaza, Dwaine, Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, and Jun Xing. We Are Tired Of Cookies And Old Clothes': From Poverty Programs To Community Empowerment Among Oregon's Mexicano Population, 1957-1975. Seeing Color: Indigenous Peoples And Radicalized Ethnic Minorities In Oregon. Oregon State University Press, 2007. 93-116. Print. Seeing Color: Indigenous Peoples And Radicalized Ethnic Minorities In Oregon.
Plaza, Dwaine. Qualitative Research Methods Soc 418/518 Syllabus. Teaching Qualitative Methods Compendium. 4th ed. 2007. Print. Teaching Qualitative Methods Compendium.

Journal Article

2006

Book Chapter

Plaza, Dwaine et al. The Caribbean Community In Canada: Transnational Connections And Transformation. Negotiating Borders And Belonging: Transnational Identities And Practices In Canada. University of British Columbia Press, 2006. 130-149. Print. Negotiating Borders And Belonging: Transnational Identities And Practices In Canada.
Plaza, Dwaine, and Frances Henry. An Overview Of Return Migration To The English Speaking Caribbean. Returning To The Source: The Final Stage Of The Caribbean Migration Circuit. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2006. 145-166. Print. Returning To The Source: The Final Stage Of The Caribbean Migration Circuit.
Plaza, Dwaine. Second Generation "Returnee" Migration To Jamaica And Barbados: Pursing Happiness And Mobility. Returning To The Source: The Final Stage Of The Caribbean Migration Circuit. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2006. 145-166. Print. Returning To The Source: The Final Stage Of The Caribbean Migration Circuit.

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