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Colin Powell School's Department of Sociology Welcomes Norma Fuentes-Mayorga

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Colin Powell School's Department of Sociology Welcomes Norma Fuentes-Mayorga



Sociologist Brings New Perspectives on Migration, Boundary-Crossing, and Integration.

Norma Fuentes joins the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership this fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology.  She comes to the Colin Powell School from the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University, where she was a visiting scholar. Her work there, supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, focused on immigrant women's integration and social and educational mobility in New York and Amsterdam. Fuentes is one of eight new faculty the school has brought on in the past year, as it deepens its department rosters and area expertise.

While at Princeton, Fuentes coauthored a survey paper with Professor Marta Tienda, entitled "Hispanics in Metropolitan America: New Realities and old Debates" recently published in Annual Review of Sociology. Fuentes's current research focuses on international migration, Latino Studies, race and class boundary crossing. She examines the particular problems immigrant women face in overcoming barriers to economic and social mobility in the low-wage service sector. 

Fuentes is currently completing a book manuscript summarizing a 10-year research project, now titled, "When Women Come First: Immigration, Gender, Race and Boundary Crossing," which began as her dissertation at Columbia University. She also heads a Fordham University's Center for International Policy Studies research group, Migration, Gender and Development, involving scholars from Mexico, Peru, Spain, Italy, Holland, and Denmark. 

Born in a small town in the Dominican Republic, Fuentes came to the United States as "Dreamer" and earned both her B.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University where both Professor Herbert Gans and CUNY's Robert Smith were her mentors. Starting her focus as a Ph.D. student, Fuentes is one of the first to compare the immigration experience and work integration of Dominican and Mexican women in New York City. Her recent work include the following:              

●       "Hispanics in Metropolitan America: New Realities and old Debates,"  Annual Review of Sociology;

●      "Educating the Children of Immigrants in Amsterdam and New York,"  The Integration Imperative;

●      "Spanish-speaking Caribbean Migration in the 20th Century," Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration;

●      "Immigrants, Community Organizing and Latina Women Leaders in New York City," keynote presentation at Duesto Universito of Bilbao, Spain.

Fuentes-Mayorga is an active member of the American Sociological Association, focusing on Latino international migration. This fall she is teaching An Introduction to the Sociology of Immigration, and Latinas and U.S. Immigration: Gender, Race and Boundary Crossing.

About the Colin Powell School

Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership comprises the five departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including International Relations, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mental Health Counseling, Pre-Law, Public Service Management, Women's Studies, and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies. The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Colin Powell School's hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of its work and animate City College's unflagging and historic commitment to access and excellence.

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Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.