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Rubén G. Rumbaut

Distinguished Professor of Sociology
School of Social Sciences

Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1978, Sociology

Phone: 949-824-2495
Fax: 949-824-4717
Email: rrumbaut@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697

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URLs Google Scholar Citations
Crossing Borders: Immigration and Gender in the Americas
The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS-III)
Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (IIMMLA)
IHARP and SARYS Dataverse: Southeast Asian Refugee Studies
Congressional Hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
National Symposium on Immigration: “What Do We Know and What Do We need to Learn?”
Video interview: Studying large movements of people across international borders
Audio interview: On CILS: its origins, implementation, findings, and future research
Video: San Francisco ASA Awards Ceremony 2009 (for introduction and overview scroll to 2:15)
Video: ASA Awards Ceremony 2002 (for Legacies, scroll to 40:00; Portes, 42:30; Rumbaut, 45:00)
Invisible Americans: Stories from the New Immigrants
Open Letter on Immigration and Crime (7-2-2007)
Letter to the President: Fair Treatment for Unaccompanied Central American Children (7-14-2014)
Letter to the President: Executive authority to protect individuals or groups from deportation (9-3-2014)
Amicus Brief to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: The Irreparable Harms of Prolonged Immigrant Detention (9-29-2014)
Letter to the President from Asylum and Refugee Groups (11-20-2014)
On the Legal Authority and Historical Precedent of President Obama's Announced Executive Actions (11-25-2014)
Network on Transitions to Adulthood
The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society
UC-Cuba Academic Initiative
SSRN Author Page
Elected to the National Academy of Education
Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine
Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association (International Migration)
Distinguished Scholarship (Best Book) Award, American Sociological Association
W.I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki (Best Book) Award, American Sociological Association
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
Resident Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City
Founding Chair, Section on International Migration, American Sociological Association
Elected member, Council of the American Sociological Association
Elected member, Sociological Research Association
Elected member, Committee on Population, National Academy of Sciences
Elected member, General Social Survey Board of Overseers
Member, National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program
Member, Committee on International Migration, Social Science Research Council
Member, Task Force on Katrina, Social Science Research Council
Member, MacArthur Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood

Editorial Boards: The American Journal of Sociology, International Migration Review, Sociology of Education, Sociological Perspectives, The Sociological Quarterly, Journal of Immigrant Health, The American Sociologist, Contexts, AERA Open
Rubén G. Rumbaut joined the UCI Sociology Department in 2002. He is also formally affiliated with the UCI School of Education, and the Departments of Chicano/Latino Studies and Criminology, Law and Society. His research has focused on international migration and refugee movements, types of immigrants and their contexts of exit and reception, inter-generational and life course differences in adaptation, the "one and a half" generation, transitions from adolescence to adulthood, socioeconomic mobility and inequality, educational and occupational achievement, aspirations and expectations, bilingualism and language loss, ethnic identities and pan-ethnic categories, racialization and discrimination, nativism and reactive ethnicity, citizenship and national membership, transnational ties, exile, detention and deportation, mental health, depression and self-esteem, infant health and mortality, immigrant "epidemiological paradoxes," fertility, early childbearing, family formations and family ties, crime and incarceration, and paradoxes of acculturation—as well as immigration policies and politics, the structure of refuge, demographic shifts in the U.S. population, the evolution and career of the concept of "assimilation" in American sociology, and the social origins and research orientations of immigration scholars.

Since 1991 he has directed (with Alejandro Portes) the landmark Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS), still ongoing, which has followed the trajectories into adulthood of thousands of youth representing dozens of different nationalities, primarily from Latin America and Asia. Throughout the 1980s he conducted several of the principal studies of the resettlement of refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (including the IHARP and SARYS projects); in the 1990s he also directed the first National Survey of Immigration Scholars in the United States (NASIS); and in the 2000s, the Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (IIMMLA) study (in collaboration with a multidisciplinary UC team), as well as comparative research on transitions to adulthood with multiethnic samples in San Diego and other field sites across the United States.

He is currently involved in two ongoing longitudinal studies: One is a cross-national comparative study (ELLE-MEXUS, with Enrique Martínez Curiel) of the educational achievement and adult transitions of youth who stayed with their families in their home town in Mexico, and those from the same place who emigrated to California or were born to immigrant parents in the United States—employing surveys and ethnographic methods to compare the situation of young people and their parents of the same origin in the two countries during periods of crisis (2008-present), as well as the outcomes of undocumented, documented, and U.S. citizen youth in Mexican immigrant families in California. Another, "The Second Generation in Middle Adulthood" (in collaboration with Cynthia Feliciano), entails an in-depth follow-up of the CILS San Diego subsample 25 years after the baseline surveys, with respondents who completed their adult transitions during and after the Great Recession.

Professor Rumbaut has testified before the U.S. Congress at hearings on comprehensive immigration reform, served as expert witness in federal court trials challenging local ordinances that targeted undocumented migrants, and lectured widely throughout North America, Europe and Asia on immigration issues, with recent keynote addresses and invited lectures in Madrid, Dublin, Vienna, and Havana, as well as Seoul, South Korea; Almería, Spain; Salzburg, Austria; and Sibiu, Romania. He served as academic advisor for the PBS television series "Americas," focusing on Latin American and Caribbean societies, as well as on Mexicans, Cubans and Puerto Ricans in the United States. And he has continued to examine the Cuban diaspora, the history of U.S.-Cuba relations, and factors affecting the future of Cuba.

He is the author of more than two hundred scholarly papers on immigrants and refugees in the U.S., and coauthor or coeditor of eighteen books and special issues, including "Immigrant America: A Portrait" (new 4th edition 2014; Spanish edition, 2010; 3rd edition, 2006), and "Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation" (2001; Japanese edition, 2014; Spanish edition, 2011), which won the Distinguished Book Award of the American Sociological Association and the Thomas and Znaniecki Award for best book in the immigration field. As a member of a panel of the National Academy of Sciences (with Marta Tienda et al.) he worked on two volumes on the Hispanic population of the United States, published by the National Academies Press: "Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies," and "Hispanics and the Future of America." He is also General Editor (with Steven J. Gold) of a research-oriented book series, "The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society" (LFB Scholarly); under their editorship more than 100 books have been published since 2002 on a wide range of immigration topics.
Publications English Plus: Exploring the Socioeconomic Benefits of Bilingualism in Southern California. In: The Bilingual Advantage, 2014.
  Immigrant America: A Portrait (with Alejandro Portes). New fourth edition, revised, expanded, and updated. University of California Press, 2014.
  Assessing the Effects of Recent Immigration on Serious Property Crime in Austin, Texas . Sociological Perspectives, 2013.
  Immigration & Language Diversity in the United States (with Douglas Massey). Daedalus, 2013.
  Los que se van y los que se quedan ante la educación [The Leavers and the Stayers: A Comparative Longitudinal Study of Educational Achievement and Transitions to Adulthood in Mexico and the United States] (with Enrique Martínez Curiel). Gazeta de Antropología, 2012.
  Harvest of Loneliness? Braceros in the American Past, the Politics of the Present, and Lessons for the Future. In: European Migration and Asylum Policies: Coherence or Contradiction?, 2012.
  Assimilation's Bumpy Road. In: American Democracy and the Pursuit of Equality: Essays in Honor of Herbert J. Gans, 2011.
  Coming of Age in 'America’s Finest City'. In: Coming of Age in America: The Transition to Adulthood in the Twenty-First Century, 2011.
  Immigration and Adult Transitions. The Future of Children, 2010.
  The Immigration-Crime Nexus and Post-Deportation Experiences. University of La Verne Law Review, 2010.
  Pigments of Our Imagination: On the Racialization and Racial Identities of "Hispanics" and "Latinos." 2009.
  A Language Graveyard? The Evolution of Language Competencies, Preferences and Use Among Young Adult Children of Immigrants. 2009.
  Immigration, Economic Disadvantage, and Homicide: A Community-Level Analysis of Austin, Texas. Homicide Studies, 2009.
  Survivor: Cuba. The Cuban Revolution at 50. Latin American Perspectives, 2009.
  The Coming of the Second Generation: Immigration and Ethnic Mobility in Southern California. The Annals, 2008.
  Immigration’s Complexities, Assimilation’s Discontents. Contexts, 2008.
  Reaping What You Sew: Immigration, Youth, and Reactive Ethnicity. 2008.
  Debunking Mexican American Apartheid: A Long, Dark Silence of Law, a Brief Shining Moment of Justice. Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe, 2008.
  Vietnamese Americans. 2007.
  "If That Is Heaven, We Would Rather Go to Hell:" Contextualizing U.S.-Cuba Relations. Societies Without Borders, 2007.
  The Myth of Immigrant Criminality and the Paradox of Assimilation. 2007.
  On the Past and Future of American Immigration and Ethnic History. Journal of American Ethnic History, 2006.
  Immigrant America: A Portrait (with Alejandro Portes). New third edition, revised, expanded, and updated. University of California Press, 2006.
  Linguistic Life Expectancies (with Douglas Massey). Population and Development Review, 2006.
  Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future (with Marta Tienda et al.). National Academies Press, 2006.
  The Health Status and Health Behaviors of Hispanics (with José J. Escarce and Leo Morales). 2006.
  The Making of a People. In: HISPANICS AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICA, 2006.
  A Distorted Nation (with Richard Alba and Karen Marotz). Social Forces, 2005.
  Turning Points in the Transition to Adulthood: Determinants of Educational Attainment, Incarceration, and Early Childbearing Among Children of Immigrants. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2005.
  Gendered Paths: Educational and Occupational Expectations and Outcomes Among Adult Children of Immigrants (with Cynthia Feliciano). Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2005.
  Sites of Belonging: Acculturation, Discrimination, and Ethnic Identity Among Children of Immigrants. 2005.
  Children of Immigrants and Their Achievement: The Roles of Family, Acculturation, Social Class, Gender, Ethnicity, and School Context. 2005.
  Ages, Life Stages, and Generational Cohorts. International Migration Review, 2004.
  On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy (with Rick Settersten and Frank Furstenberg). U. of Chicago Press, 2005.

Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America (with Alejandro Portes). U. of California Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2001.

Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation (with Alejandro Portes). U. of California Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2001.

Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (with Nancy Foner and Steven J. Gold). Russell Sage Foundation, 2000.

Origins and Destinies: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in America (with Silvia Pedraza). 1996.

California's Immigrant Children: Theory, Research, and Implications for Educational Policy (with Wayne Cornelius). 1995.
  Severed or Sustained Attachments? Language, Identity, and Imagined Communities in the Post-Immigrant Generation. 2002.
  Immigration Research in the United States: Social Origins and Future Orientations. American Behavioral Scientist, 1999.
  Terms of Belonging: Are Models of Membership Self-Fulfilling Prophecies? (with T. Alexander Aleinikoff). Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, 1998.
  Paradoxes (and Orthodoxies) of Assimilation. Sociological Perspectives, 1997.
  Ties that Bind: Immigration and Immigrant Families. 1997.
  Unraveling a Public Health Enigma: Why Do Immigrants Experience Superior Perinatal Health Outcomes? (with John R. Weeks). Research in the Sociology of Health Care, 1996.
  A Legacy of War: Refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. 1996.
  The New Immigration. Contemporary Sociology, 1995.
  The New Californians: Comparative Research Findings on the Educational Progress of Immigrant Children. 1995.
  Origins and Destinies: Immigration to the United States Since World War II. Sociological Forum, 1994.
  The Crucible Within: Ethnic Identity, Self-Esteem, and Segmented Assimilation Among Children of Immigrants. International Migration Review, 1994.
  A Hunger for Memory, a Thirst for Justice, 1993.
  Passages to America: Perspectives on the New Immigration. In: America at Century's End, 1991.
  Ethnic Minorities and Mental Health (with William Vega). Annual Review of Sociology, 1991.
  Migration, Adaptation, and Mental Health: The Experience of Southeast Asian Refugees in the United States. 1991.
  Infant Health Among Indochinese Refugees: Patterns of Infant Mortality, Birthweight and Prenatal Care in Comparative Perspective (with John R. Weeks). Research in the Sociology of Health Care, 1989.
  The Structure of Refuge: Southeast Asian Refugees in the United States. International Review of Comparative Public Policy, 1989.
  Portraits, Patterns, and Predictors of the Refugee Adaptation Process. 1989.
  The Politics of Migrant Health Care: A Comparative Study of Mexican Immigrants and Indochinese Refugees (with Leo Chávez, et al.). Research in the Sociology of Health Care, 1988.
  The Adaptation of Southeast Asian Refugee Youth: A Comparative Study (with Kenji Ima). 1988.
  Twelve Case Histories: Southeast Asian Refugee Youth Study (with Kenji Ima), 1987.
  Fertility and Adaptation: Indochinese Refugees in the United States (with John R. Weeks). International Migration Review, 1986.
  Breaking and Entering: Policewomen on Patrol. Work and Occupations: An International Sociological Journal, 1984.
  Changing Conceptions of the Police Role: A Sociological Review (with Egon Bittner). Crime and Justice, 1979.
Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles. Russell Sage Foundation.
The Second Generation in Early Adulthood: A Decade Long Panel Study. Russell Sage Foundation.
Ethnic Mobility and Inequality in Southern California. Russell Sage Foundation.
The Second Generation in Middle Adulthood. Russell Sage Foundation.
American Sociological Association
National Academy of Education
American Educational Research Association
Latin American Studies Association
Population Association of America
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