Alejandro Portes

Research Professor

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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 Marañon Foundation of Madrid
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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
Board of Trustees, Institute of Advanced Studies of the Community of Madrid (IMDEA)
National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program
International Committee on Migration and Development, Social Science Research Council

Google Scholar


  • 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 - )

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Immigration and Ethnicity; Institutions and Development; Second Generation Adaptation; Urbanization and Social Change

Research Projects

“Miami: It’s Transformation since the 1990s”

Principal Investigator

project supported by the Knight Foundation (2016-18).


The Second Generation in Spain

Principal Investigator

project supported by the Spencer Foundation (2007- 16) and the Ministry of Science of Spain (2006-2018).

Values, Institutional Quality, and Development

Principal Investigator

project sponsored by the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation (Portugal) (2012-16).

Immigrant Transnational Organizations and Development,

Principal Investigator

project supported by the Russell Sage Foundation (2010-15)

Latin American Institutions and Development: A Comparative Study

Principal Investigator

project supported by Princeton’s Institute for International and Regional Studies (2005-2006) and the National Science Foundation

Immigration and the Health System

Principal Investigator

project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2007-2012)

Transnational Organizations, National Development, and Immigrant Political Incorporation

Principal Investigator

project supported by the MacArthur Foundation (2004-05) and Russell Sage Foundation (2005-10)

Miami: its Transformation in the last 25 Years


Knight Foundation ($52,800)

Values, Institutional Quality, and Development


Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation (Portugal) ($537,000).

The New Second Generation in Spain: Extending and Refining the Segmented Assimilation Model


Spencer Foundation ($782,000) and Ministry of Science of Spain ($300,000).

Immigrant Transnational Organizations and Development


Russell Sage Foundation ($50,000).


Portes Alejandro and Lori D. Smith " Institutions Count: Their Role and Significance in Latin American Development" (Berkeley, CA, University of California Press. 2012).

Fernandez- Kelly, Patricia and Alejandro Portes "Healthcare and Immigration: Understanding the Connections" (Oxford, Routledge. 2012).

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