Roberto G. González
Roberto G. Gonzales is assistant professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on the factors that promote
and impede the educational progress of immigrant and Latino students. Professor Gonzales is a leading authority on the experiences of undocumented immigrant youth and
young adults. Over the last decade and a half he has been engaged in critical inquiry around the important question of what happens to undocumented immigrant children as
they make transitions to adolescence and young adulthood. Since 2002 he has been engaged in what is arguably the most comprehensive study of undocumented immigrant young
adults in the United States. His book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, to be published by the University of California Press in
December, is based on a twelve-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles. In addition, Professor Gonzales’ National UnDACAmented Research
Project has surveyed nearly 2,700 undocumented young adults on their experiences following President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Professor Gonzales has received several awards for teaching and research. Most recently, he was awarded the American Sociological Association Award for Public Sociology in
International Migration. In addition to scholarly journals, his work has been has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles
Times, The Wall Street Journal, La Opinión, TIME, CNN and NPR. Prior to his faculty position at Harvard, professor
Gonzales was on faculty at the University of Chicago and the University of Washington. He received his B.A. from Colorado College, and M.A. at the University of Chicago,
and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. His work is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation.Faculty Site