Alejandro Portes

Research Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-6126
Locator Code:
2030

 
About

Alejandro Portes teaches across the University of Miami at the School of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Sociology.

Before joining the University of Miami, Alejandro Portes was the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. He has formerly taught at Johns Hopkins University, where he held the John Dewey Chair in Arts and Sciences; Duke University, and the University of Texas-Austin. In 1997, he was elected president of the American Sociological Association and served in that capacity in 1998-99. 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.

Professor Portes is the author of 250 articles and chapters on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology. He has published 30 books and special issues. His books include City on the Edge – the Transformation of Miami (California 1993), co-authored with Alex Stepick and winner of the Robert Park Award for best book in urban sociology and the Anthony Leeds Award for best book in urban anthropology in 1995; and Immigrant America: A Portrait, which is now in in its fourth edition, published in 2014. A fifth edition is scheduled to appear in 2023.

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. In 2001, he published, with Rubén G. Rumbaut, Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation and Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America (California 2001).

Legacies is the winner of the 2002 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association and of the 2002 W. I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki Award for best book from the International Migration Section of ASA. 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.

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). 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 Politcal Sciences) from the National Academy of Sciences. In 2009, he was elected to the American Philosophical Society and, in 2010; he received the W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association.

In 2019 he was bestowed with the Princess of Asturias award which is the highest form of recognition bestowed by the Spanish Crown and one of the most important prizes conferred in the European Union. 

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EDITORIAL BOARDS
  • Actes De La Recherche En Sciences Sociales (2004 - )

  • International Migration Review (2001 - )

  • Global Networks (2000 - )

  • Revista Mexicana De Sociologia (1999 - )

  • Ethnic and Racial Studies (1995 - )

Career

Education

1970Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1967 Sociology, University of Wisconsin- Madison
1965B.A. Summa cum laude, Creighton University

Professional Experience

2017 - 2020Chair, Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee, National Academy of Education
2015 - 2017Visiting Professor, New York University, Abu-Dhabi
1999 - 2012Founding Director, Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University
2014 - Visiting Professor, International Migration Program, University of Amsterdam
2010 - 2011Chair, Section on Economic Sociology, American Sociological Association
2003 - 2006Chair, Department of Sociology, Princeton University
2007 - Chair, Visiting Review Committee, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
2006 - Visiting Professor, National University General Sarmiento, Argentina

Honors & Acknowledgements

Honorary Professor, University of Alicante, Spain (2017).
Doctor in Social Sciences, honoris causa, New University of Lisbon (2016).
Distinguished Scholar of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami (2016).
Elected to the National Academy of Education (2015)
Doctor in Sociology, honoris causa, Roskilde University (Denmark) (2014).
Niklas Luhmann Guest Professor, University of Bielefeld, (Germany) (2014)
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society, Creighton University (2014).
James S. Coleman Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. (2012)
Outstanding Academic Publication, (Social and Behavioral Sciences/Sociology). Choice magazine for Economic Sociology: A Systematic Inquiry (2011)
W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, American Sociological Association (2010).
Elected to the American Philosophical Society (2009).
National Academy of Sciences Annual Award for Scientific Reviewing, Social and Political Sciences (2008).
Belle van Zuylen Chair, University of Utrecht, Holland (2008-10)
Doctor in Educational Sciences, honoris causa, University of Genova (Italy) (2004)
Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award for Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation, American Sociological Association (2002).
William I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki Distinguished Scholarship Award for Legacies, International Migration Section, American Sociological Association (2002).
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2001).
Walker-Ames Distinguished Professor, University of Washington, Seattle (1999).
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Creighton University (1999).
President of the American Sociological Association (1998-99).
Distinguished Career Award, Section on International Migration, American Sociological Association (1998).
Doctor in Humane Letters, honoris causa, New School for Social Research (1998).
Doctor in Science, honoris causa, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998).
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998).
Spencer Foundation Senior Scholar Award (1997).
John Dewey Chair in the School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (1988-96)
Anthony Leeds Award for best book in urban anthropology (City on the Edge), Society for Urban Anthropology, 3 American Anthropological Association (1995).
Robert E. Park Award for best book in urban sociology (City on the Edge), Community and Urban Sociology Section, American Sociological Association (1995).
Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation (1992-93).
Patricia and Phillip Frost Distinguished Professor, Florida International University (1988-91)
Chair, Section on Political Economy of the World System, American Sociological Association (1985-86).
Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (1980-81).
Elected to Sociological Research Association (1980).
International Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (1972-73).
The Manford Kuhn Award, Midwest Sociological Society, Des Moines (1967).

Conferences & Events

Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University
Miami: Constructing the Challenged Global City | November 2017
November 2017
The Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation in Spain: Results from the Final Panel | Ortega and MaraƱon Foundation of Madrid
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Memberships

Center For Research and Analysis of Migration, University College of London
2011 -
Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
2010-16
Board of Trustees, Institute of Advanced Studies of the Community of Madrid (IMDEA)
(2009-11)
National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program
(2008-11)
International Committee on Migration and Development, Social Science Research Council
(2006-07)
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