Immigration, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Religion, Historical Sociology
Ideologies of Equality in American Society, Contemporary Migration to New Orleans
2009. Public Education – America’s Civil Religion: A Social History (Teachers College Press; with Stephen J. Caldas).
2007. Forced to Fail: The Paradox of School Desegregation (Rowman & Littlefield; with Stephen J. Caldas)
2002. A Troubled Dream: The Promise and Failure of School Desegregation in Louisiana (Vanderbilt U. Press, with Stephen J. Caldas)
2002 Blue Collar Bayou: Louisiana Cajuns in the New Economy of Ethnicity (Praeger; with Jacques Henry)
1998. Growing Up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States (Russell Sage Foundation; with Min Zhou)