NYU scholar named dean of UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Esteemed professor to bring global perspective to leadership role
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University, has been appointed dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS), effective Sept. 1.
With a body of scholarly work focusing on mass migration, globalization and education within the arenas of cultural psychology and psychological anthropology, Suárez-Orozco will draw on a global perspective to inform his leadership of GSE&IS.
"Los Angeles is the great global city at the crossroads of the momentous economic and social transformations remaking our world," Suárez -Orozco said. "The opportunity to work with the world-renowned GSE&IS faculty on the defining education and information issues of the day — how best to prepare all our children and youth to thrive in the globally interlinked economies and societies of the 21st century — only comes once in a lifetime. I am deeply honored and excited to be coming back to California at this moment in the university's evolving history. I cannot think of a more attractive place than UCLA's GSE&IS to pursue the most fundamental questions about education for a miniaturized, interconnected and fragile world."
"Chancellor Block and I are confident that GSE&IS will reach new heights under Marcelo's leadership," said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh in announcing the new appointment. Waugh also thanked Aimée Dorr for her distinguished service as dean of GSE&IS since September 1999.
Prior to joining the faculty of NYU in 2005, Suárez-Orozco served as the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education and Culture at Harvard University from 2001 to 2004 and as professor of human development and psychology at Harvard from 1995 to 2001. With his wife, Carola Suárez-Orozco, he co-founded the Harvard Immigration Projects in 1997 and co-directed a study of Asian, Afro-Caribbean and Latino immigrant youth in American society, the largest study ever funded in the history of the National Science Foundation's Cultural Anthropology Division.
Suárez-Orozco lectures throughout the world and has given addresses at such respected institutions as the World Economic Forum, the German Foreign Office, the Mexican Chancellery, the Vatican and the U.S. Congress, among others.
During 2009 and 2010, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., Suárez-Orozco was the Richard B. Fisher Membership Fellow and undertook research on education, globalization and immigration issues. He has been a visiting professor of psychology at the University of Barcelona, a visiting professor of social sciences at the École des hautes études in Paris, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a visiting professor of anthropology at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.
Suárez-Orozco is the author of numerous scholarly essays, award-winning books and edited volumes published by Harvard University Press, Stanford University Press, the University of California Press, Cambridge University Press and New York University Press. He has written scholarly papers in a range of disciplines and languages in international journals and is regularly featured in the global media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, U.S News & World Report, the Huffington Post, the Economist, NPR, CNN and MSNBC, as well as in numerous overseas outlets.
A scholar without borders, this year, Suárez-Orozco was appointed special adviser for education, peace and justice to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was also elected a member of the fellowships committee for the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a member of the editorial board of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.
Last year, Suárez-Orozco and a team of NYU and Harvard co-principal investigators led by Carola Suárez-Orozco received funding from the William T. Grant Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York for a series of studies of youth in community colleges, including their civic engagement. In May 2012, he gave a keynote address at the renowned Institute of International Education in New York to United Nations Fellows, followed by a reception at the UN.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Suárez-Orozco in 2006 received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico's highest honor to a foreign national, and in 2004, he was elected to the National Academy of Education.
Suárez-Orozco was educated in public schools in Argentina and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an A.B. in psychology, an M.A. in anthropology and a Ph.D. in anthropology.
The UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) includes both the department of education and the department of information studies. Together, the departments embody the school's commitment to understanding and improving educational practice and policy, information policy, and information systems in a diverse society. GSE&IS's academic programs bring together faculty and students committed to expanding the range of knowledge in education, information science and associated disciplines. Its professional programs seek to develop librarians, teachers, administrators and information professionals within the enriched context of a research university.