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 Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Alejandro Portes - Biographical Sketch

Dr. Alejandro Portes will give a keynote presentation entitled: “Tensions that Make a Difference: Institutions, Interests, and the Immigrant Drive” at the 2012 OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research Annual conference on Friday, March 23. This year’s conference theme is “From Demography to Identity: Who we Are in America.”

Alejandro Portes is the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and the University of Texas-Austin. Served as president of the American Sociological Association. Born in Havana, Cuba, he came to the United States in 1960. He was educated at the University of Havana, Catholic University of Argentina, and Creighton University. He received his M. A. and Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Portes is the author of more than 200 articles and chapters, and 30 books and special issues. His books include City on the Edge – the Transformation of Miami, co-authored with Alex Stepick; Immigrant America: A Portrait; Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation; and Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America. Five volumes of his collected essays have been published in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. His most recent articles have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, International Migration Review, and Population and Development Review.

His current research is on the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation in comparative perspective, the role of institutions on national development, and immigration and the American health system.

Portes is a former fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and of the Russell Sage Foundation. He has received honorary doctorates from the New School for Social Research, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Genoa (Italy), as well as the Distinguished Career Award from the Section on International Migration of the American Sociological Association. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2008, he received the annual Award for Scientific Reviewing (social and political sciences) from the National Academy of Sciences. Just this past summer he received the honored award of ASA W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award (2010). 



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