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Marcelo Suárez-Orozco


Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco’s work is interdisciplinary, comparative, and longitudinal. His basic research is on conceptual and empirical problems in the areas of cultural psychology and psychological anthropology with a focus on the study of immigration and globalization. He is author of numerous scholarly essays, books, and edited volumes including: Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society (co-authored with Carola Suárez-Orozco, and Irina Todorova, Harvard University Press, 2007 -- winner of the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize, awarded annually by Harvard University Press for an Outstanding Book on Education and Society), Learning in the Global Era:

International Perspectives on Globalization and Education (University of California Press, 2007), Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium (co-edited with Desirée Qin-Hilliard, University of California Press, 2004), Latinos: Remaking America (co-edited with Mariela Paez, University of California Press, 2002), the six-volume Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration (co-edited with Carola Suárez-Orozco and Desiree Qin-Hilliard, Routledge, 2001), Children of Immigration (co-authored with Carola Suarez-Orozco, Harvard University Press, 2001), Cultures Under Siege: Collective Violence and Trauma (co-edited with Antonius C.G.M. Robben, Cambridge University Press, 2000), the award winning Transformations: Immigration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents (co-authored with Carola Suárez-Orozco, Stanford University Press, 1995), many other books and volumes and over 100 scholarly papers appearing in such international journals as Ethos, International Migration (Geneva), Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Revue Française de Pédagogie (Paris), Harvard Educational Review, Cultuur en Migratie (Leuven), The Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Temas: Cultura, Ideología y Sociedad (Havana), Harvard International Review, Harvard Law & Policy Review, and others. Professor Suárez-Orozco became a tenured professor of Human Development and Psychology at Harvard (in 1995) where he was appointed the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education (in 2001).

In 1997, along with Carola Suárez-Orozco, he co-founded the Harvard Immigration Projects and began to co-direct the largest study ever funded in the history of the National Science Foundation's Cultural Anthropology division—a study of Asian, Afro-Caribbean, and Latino immigrant youth in American society. Professor Suárez-Orozco lectures widely throughout the world. In the summer of 2004 he was invited by the Mexican Secretary of State and the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences to deliver a keynote address on Globalization and Education. In the summer of 2003, the US Embassy in Germany arranged a lecture tour with major presentations to German academics and senior policy makers in Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Wiesbaden, and Munich. In 1995 and again in 1997, he was elected Directeu r d'Etudes Associe at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. In 1996, he delivered the Norbert Elias Lecture at the Amsterdam School for Social Sciences in the Netherlands. He has been Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Barcelona (Spain), Visiting Professor of Anthropology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford. Professor Suárez-Orozco was educated in public schools in Latin America and at the University of California, Berkeley where he received his A.B. (Psychology, 1980), M.A. (Anthropology, 1981) and Ph. D. (Anthropology, 1986).

Professor Suárez-Orozco is married to Carola Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D., a cultural psychologist and a faculty member at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University. Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, winner of multiple honors and awards, including the Mexican Government’s highest honor, the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2004. In September 2004, Professor Suárez-Orozco was appointed the first Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at The Steinhardt School of Education, New York University where he also holds the title of University Professor. The Suárez-Orozco's are Co-Directors of Immigration Studies @ NYU.

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