USC Price School of Public Policy

Roberto Suro

Roberto Suro

Director, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
Associate Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism 324F
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281

Phone: (213) 821-6263

M.S. in Journalism

Columbia University


Immigration, Hispanic immigration, immigration policy

Biographical sketch

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.


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