Roberto Gonzales Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor

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President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett announce the appointment of Roberto Gonzales as the University of Pennsylvania’s twenty-fifth Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, effective July 1, 2021.

Gonzales, a world-renowned scholar of the lives of immigrants in the United States, will be the Richard Perry University Professor, with joint appointments in the Department of Sociology and in the Graduate School of Education.

Gonzales is currently Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard University. His award-winning scholarship assesses how immigration policy shapes the ways in which immigrant youth adapt, come of age, and experience life in their receiving countries. His landmark book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America (University of California Press, 2016), followed the trajectories of 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles across 12 years. It has won eight major book awards and been adopted as a common reading text by universities and school districts across the country. Most recently, he led a national longitudinal study of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and a collaborative study of educators’ responses to immigration issues in their schools and communities.

The Penn Integrates Knowledge program was launched by President Gutmann in 2005 as a University-wide initiative to recruit exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines and who are appointed in at least two Schools at Penn.

Read the full announcement here.

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