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

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

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URLs From Middle School to Middle Adulthood: Education and the Social Mobility of the Immigrant Second Generation in an Age of Inequality (2017 AERA Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture)
Reflections on Immigrant America: From the Great Inclusion to the Great Expulsion
Transforming Migrations: Beyond the 1965 Immigration Act (Inaugural event in UCI's 50th Anniversary Academic Symposium Series)
Crossing Borders: Immigration and Gender in the Americas
Video interview: Studying large movements of people across international borders
National Symposium on Immigration: “What Do We Know and What Do We need to Learn?”
The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS-III)
Audio interview: On CILS: its origins, implementation, findings, and future research
Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (IIMMLA)
Open Letter on Immigration and Crime (7-2-2007)
Letter to the President: Fair Treatment for Unaccompanied Central American Children (7-14-2014)
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)
Amicus Brief to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: For Reversal of Texas v. USA (4-6-2015)
Amicus Brief to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: U.S. Faces No Domestic Migration "Crisis" and U.S. Family Detention Policies Do Not "Deter" (2-23-2016)
Letter to the President on the Humanitarian Refugee Crisis in Central America (2-26-2016)
ENCASA Open Letter and White Paper for Change in US-Cuba Policy (4-2006 and 11-2008)
ENCASA Letter to the President on US-Cuba Policy (11-23-2010)
Cuba and the United States: Making Up is Hard to Do. (UCI School of Social Sciences Expert Speaker Series, 2-2016)
UC-Cuba Academic Initiative
Invisible Americans: Stories from the New Immigrants
The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society
IHARP and SARYS Dataverse: Southeast Asian Refugee Studies
Mixed Methods Statement and Exemplary Research Studies
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Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Elected to the National Academy of Education
Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine
Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association (International Migration)
Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association (Latina/o Sociology Section)
Distinguished Scholarship (Best Book) Award, American Sociological Association
W.I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki (Best Book) Award, American Sociological Association
Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City (1997-1998; 2016-2017)
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
Founding Chair, Section on International Migration, American Sociological Association
Founding member, Committee on International Migration, Social Science Research Council
Elected member, Council of the American Sociological Association
Elected member, Sociological Research Association
Elected member, General Social Survey Board of Overseers
Elected member, Committee on Population, National Academy of Sciences
Member, Steering Committee, World Commission on Forced Displacement
Member, International Committee, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Member, National Language Commission, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Member, National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program
Member, Task Force on Katrina, Social Science Research Council
Member, MacArthur Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood
Founding member, UC-CUBA Academic Initiative

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, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
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); in the 2000s, the Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (IIMMLA) study (in collaboration with a multidisciplinary UC team); and in the 2010s, "The Second Generation in Middle Adulthood" (in collaboration with Cynthia Feliciano), an in-depth follow-up of the CILS San Diego subsample nearly 25 years after the baseline surveys, with respondents who completed their adult transitions during and after the Great Recession.

Professor Rumbaut serves on the Steering Committee, World Commission on Forced Displacement; and on both the International Committee and the National Language Commission of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He 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), 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 was 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 110 books were published between 2002 and 2014 on a wide range of immigration topics.
Publications Immigration and Crime and the Criminalization of Immigration (with Katie Dingeman and Anthony Robles). 2018 in press.
  Privileged Subject/Observer of Cuban-American Relations and Migration Dynamics: A Conversation with Rubén G. Rumbaut (with Aitor Ibarrola Armendáriz). 2017.
  Crossings to Adulthood: How Diverse Young Americans Understand and Navigate Their Lives
(with Teresa Toguchi Swartz and Douglas Hartmann). Brill, 2017.
  Crossing Lines and Imagining the Future: Transitions to Adulthood and Mixed Couples in California and New York (with Charlie V. Morgan). In: Crossings to Adulthood, Brill 2017.
  De la Gran Inclusión a la Gran Expulsión / From the Great Inclusion to the Great Expulsion. El País, 2017.
  America's Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century. Commission on Language Learning, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2017.
  The State of Languages in the United States: A Statistical Portrait. Commission on Language Learning, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2016.
  Obama and the World: Cuba, International Politics, and the Impact and Potential Legacy of the Obama Presidency. ASA, 2016.
  Mixed Methods for Studies of Enduring Issues in Education Research. The Mixed Methods Working Group, 2016.
  Exemplary Mixed Methods Research Studies. The Mixed Methods Working Group, 2016.
  Unwelcome Returns: The Alienation of the New American Diaspora in Salvadoran Society (with Katie Dingeman-Cerda). In: The New Deportations Delirium, 2015.
  The United States and Cuba: Making Up is Hard to Do (with Luis E. Rumbaut). Global Dialogue, 2015.
  Assimilation of Immigrants. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2015.
  The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States. American Immigration Council, 2015.
  Speak Memory! Remembering Martin Luther King,Jr. (1929-1968). Annual message to my students, 2015.
  Immigrant America: A Portrait (with Alejandro Portes). New fourth edition, revised, expanded, and updated. University of California Press, 2014.
  Using NCES Surveys to Understand the Experiences of Immigrant-Origin Students. National Academy of Education, 2014.
  English Plus: Exploring the Socioeconomic Benefits of Bilingualism in Southern California. In: The Bilingual Advantage, 2014.
  "La Bestia": Encounters with migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. CMS Migration Update, 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? Éditions Bruylant, 2012.
  Coming of Age in 'America’s Finest City': Transitions to Adulthood among Children of Immigrants in San Diego. In: Coming of Age in America: The Transition to Adulthood in the Twenty-First Century. University of California Press, 2011.
  Assimilation's Bumpy Road. In: American Democracy and the Pursuit of Equality: Essays in Honor of Herbert J. Gans, 2011.
  The Immigration-Crime Nexus and Post-Deportation Experiences (with M. Kathleen Dingeman). University of La Verne Law Review, 2010.
  Immigration and Adult Transitions. The Future of Children, 2010.
  Pigments of Our Imagination: On the Racialization and Racial Identities of "Hispanics" and "Latinos." In: How the U.S. Racializes Latinos (Paradigm 2009; Routledge, 2016).
  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.
  Undocumented Immigration and Rates of Crime and Imprisonment: Popular Myths and Empirical Realities. 2009.
  Survivor: Cuba. The Cuban Revolution at 50 (with Luis E. Rumbaut). Latin American Perspectives, 2009.
  Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race. Population Review, 2009.
  Rights of Migrants and Minorities (with Cecilia Menjívar). Paradigm, 2008; Routledge, 2015.
  The Coming of the Second Generation: Immigration and Ethnic Mobility in Southern California. The Annals, 2008.
  Reaping What You Sew: Immigration, Youth, and Reactive Ethnicity. Applied Developmental Science, 2008.
  Immigration’s Complexities, Assimilation’s Discontents. Contexts, 2008.
  Debunking Mexican American Apartheid: A Long, Dark Silence of Law, a Brief Shining Moment of Justice. Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe, 2008.
  Vietnamese Americans. In: The New Americans. Harvard University Press, 2007.
  "If That Is Heaven, We Would Rather Go to Hell:" Contextualizing U.S.-Cuba Relations (with Luis E. Rumbaut). Societies Without Borders, 2007.
  Language and U.S. Immigrant Integration. Testimony at Congressional Hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, 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.
  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.
  Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future (with Marta Tienda et al.). National Academies Press, 2006.
  Immigration and Incarceration: Patterns and Predictors of Imprisonment among First- and Second-Generation Young Adults. In: Immigration and Crime, 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.
  On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy (with Rick Settersten and Frank Furstenberg). University of Chicago Press, 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. In: Addressing the Achievement Gap: Theory Informing Practice, 2005.
  Ages, Life Stages, and Generational Cohorts. International Migration Review, 2004.
  Severed or Sustained Attachments? Language, Identity, and Imagined Communities in the Post-Immigrant Generation. In: The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation. Russell Sage Foundation, 2002.
  Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America (with Alejandro Portes). University of California Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2001.
  Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation (with Alejandro Portes). University of California Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2001.
  Immigration and Ethnicity: The United States at the Dawn of the 21st Century. Blackwell Companion to Sociology, 2001.
  Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (with Nancy Foner and Steven J. Gold). Russell Sage Foundation, 2000.
  Immigration Research in the United States: Social Origins and Future Orientations. American Behavioral Scientist, 1999.
  Assimilation and Its Discontents: Ironies and Paradoxes. In: The Handbook of International Migration, 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. In: Immigration and the Family: Research and Policy on U.S. Immigrants, 1997.
  Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, 1959-1994. Journal of American Ethnic History, 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.
  Origins and Destinies: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in America (with Silvia Pedraza). Wadsworth, 1996.
  The New Immigration. Contemporary Sociology, 1995.
  The New Californians: Comparative Research Findings on the Educational Progress of Immigrant Children. 1995.
  California's Immigrant Children: Theory, Research, and Implications for Educational Policy (with Wayne Cornelius). 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. In: Refugee Policy: Canada and 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. In: Refugees as Immigrants, 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.
  Police Handling of Juveniles. Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, 1982.
  Changing Conceptions of the Police Role: A Sociological Review (with Egon Bittner). Crime and Justice, 1979.
  Self and Circumstance: Journeys and Visions of Exile (with Rubén D. Rumbaut). 1976, 2005.
Grants 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
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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