Associate Instructional Professor

About Chad Broughton

Chad Broughton is an Associate Instructional Professor in Public Policy Studies and Associated Faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Broughton, a sociologist, is interested in qualitative approaches to the study of policy and society. His substantive interests fall into two general domains: at the intersection of labor studies and trade and immigration policy, and, second, the study of crime, justice and policing, and desistance from crime, with a particular interest in Chicago. Broughton is the author of the 2015 book, Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities, a 12-year ethnographic study that traces the ripple effects of a single factory closing in Galesburg, Illinois, and its reopening in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, at the U.S.-Mexico border. Boom, Bust, Exodus has received several recognitions, including the 2016 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award and the 2016 Labor and Labor Movements Section Book Award of the American Sociological Association.