Roberto Suro holds a joint appointment as a professor at USC Annenberg and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He was awarded a Berlin Prize for his scholarship on immigration and was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the American Academy in Berlin in the Fall of 2019. He was a recipient of a 2018 USC Mentoring Award for his work with undergraduate students.
Prior to joining the USC faculty in August 2007, he was director of the Pew Hispanic Center, a research organization in Washington D.C. that he founded in 2001, and in 2004 he was part of the management team that launched the Pew Research Center.
Suro’s journalistic career began in 1974 at the City News Bureau of Chicago, and after tours at the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune he joined TIME Magazine, where he worked as a correspondent in the Chicago, Washington, Beirut and Rome bureaus. In 1985 he started at The New York Times with postings as bureau chief in Rome and Houston. After a year as an Alicia Patterson Fellow, Suro was hired at The Washington Post as a staff writer on the national desk, eventually covering a variety of beats including the Justice Department and the Pentagon and serving as deputy national editor.
Honors and Awards:
Berlin Prize: Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the American Academy in Berlin (2019)
USC Mentoring Award (2018)
“A Migration Becomes an Emergency: The Flight of Women and Children from the Northern Triangle and Its Antecedents.” (2019, University of California Press)
“We Need to Offer More Than Asylum.” (2018, The New York Times)
“Whatever Happened to Latino Political Power?” (2019, The New York Times)
“We see all immigrants as legal or illegal. Big Mistake.” (2012, The Washington Post)
Strangers Among US: Latino Lives in a Changing America. (1999, Vintage)
Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue. (2011, University of California Press)
Democracy in the Age of New Media: A Report on the Media and the Immigration Debate. (2008, Brookings)
“California Dreaming: The New Dynamism in Immigration Federalisn and Opportunities for Inclusion on a Variegated Landscape. ”(2018, Journal of Migration and Human Security)
JOUR 490x: Directed Research
JOUR 590: Directed Research
PR 501: Advocacy Communications