Roberto G. Gonzales, Ph.D., a professor in Harvard University Graduate School of Education, will discuss his book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, as part of Moreno Valley College’s One Book/One College initiative.
Gonzales, a leader in the contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality, will speak on Tuesday, November 7, at noon in the Student Academic Services Building, Room 121. The event is free and open to the public. However, parking will be enforced; please see metered parking machines for information.
His book is based on an in-depth study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles for 12 years. His research centers on contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality and stems from theoretical interests at the intersection of race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy. In particular, his research examines the effects of legal contexts on the coming of age experiences of vulnerable and hard-to-reach immigrant youth populations. Since 2002 he has carried out one of the most comprehensive studies of undocumented immigrants in the United States.
His work has won five major book awards, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems C. Wright Mills Award, the American Education Research Association Outstanding Book Award, and the Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Award. It has also been adopted by several universities as a common read and is being used by a couple dozen K-12 schools in teacher and staff training.
His National UnDACAmented Research Project has surveyed nearly 2,700 undocumented young adults and has carried out 500 interviews on their experiences following President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Prior to his faculty position at Harvard, Professor Gonzales held faculty positions at the University of Chicago and at the University of Washington. He received his B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. His research is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the WT Grant Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation.
His stop at the College is one of six stops he will be making during a three-day Southern California swing. He will also speak at California State University, San Bernardino (November 7, 4 pm) and the University of California, Riverside (November 8, 6 pm).