Director, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism 324F
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281
Phone: (213) 821-6263
M.S. in Journalism
Immigration, Hispanic immigration, immigration policy
Roberto Suro examines immigration with an emphasis on the Hispanic population, U.S. immigration policy, and U.S. public opinion regarding immigration — as a researcher, author, and journalist.
His books include Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America, (Vintage, 1999), Watching America’s Door: The Immigration Backlash and the New Policy Debate, (Twentieth Century Fund, 1996), Remembering the American Dream: Hispanic Immigration and National Policy, (Twentieth Century Fund, 1994). He is also the author of numerous book chapters, reports and other publications. Suro’s latest book is Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (U of CA Press, 2011) co-edited with Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Vivian Louie.
Prior to joining USC, Suro founded and directed the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, DC, where he supervised more than 100 publications that reported non-partisan statistical analyses and public opinion data chronicling the rapid growth of the Latino population and its implication for the nation as a whole. Suro collaborated with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Kaiser Family Foundation, among others, on conferences and other information-sharing endeavors.
Suro directs the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, one of the USC Price School’s 11 research centers. He holds a joint appointment with the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution.