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Professor of Journalism and Public Policy, University of Southern California

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities - Class of Fall 2019


Roberto Suro holds a joint appointment as a tenured professor in journalism and public policy at the University of Southern California, where he directs the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, an interdisciplinary center exploring demographic diversity in today’s global cities. Prior to joining the USC faculty, in 2007, Suro was founding director of Pew Hispanic Center and served on the management committee that launched the Pew Research Center, in 2004. He worked previously for the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, TIME, and the New York Times, with postings as bureau chief in Rome and Houston, as well as for the Washington Post as a staff writer on the national desk, where he covered the Justice Department and Pentagon, and served as deputy national editor. Suro’s books include Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (California, 2011), co-edited with Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Vivian Louie, Strangers among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America (Vintage, 1999), and Watching America’s Door: The Immigration Backlash and the New Policy Debate (Twentieth Century Fund, 1996). He serves as a trustee of the Haynes Foundation, which supports social science research in Los Angeles.

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