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Robert C. Smith

Robert SmithRobert C. Smith is a professor of sociology, immigration studies and public affairs. Smith has worked in the Mexican community in New York and in Mexico (especially the state of Puebla) for more than twenty years. He is available to comment on:

— Mexican communities
— Mexican community organizations and leaders
— Immigration, undocumented citizens and youth
— Urban Education

Smith is the author of Mexican New York: Transnational Worlds of New Immigrants (University of California Press, 2006), which won four awards from the American Sociological Association:  the 2006 Thomas and Zaniecki Award for best book on migration; the 2007 Robert Park Award for the best book on Community and Urban Sociology, the 2008 Latino/a best book award, and the 2008 overall Distinguished Book Award.  It also won a Presidential Excellence Prize from Baruch College.

Smith has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Foundation, the Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education and the Columbia Oral History Research Project. He was a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Fellow in 2007-2008, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009-2010.

He has served several years on the CUNY Chancellor’s Commission on Mexicans and Education in New York, and serves as the Lead Faculty in the Baruch College School of Public Affairs Emerging Mexican Leaders Program. Smith co-founded the Mexican Educational Foundation of New York which promotes educational achievement and committed leadership in the Mexican community. Smith was an expert witness in the Voting Rights case of United States. v. Village of Port Chester, focusing on the history of discrimination and racial social dynamics involving Latinos.

Smith received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the Columbia University and B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Delaware.

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