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Carola Suarez-Orozco

Professor in Residence

Carola Suarez-Orozco

Degree:  Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, (1993)
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Vitae/CV:   Carola Suarez-Orozco.pdf
Office:  Gutman 414
Faculty Coordinator:  Wendy Angus


Carola Suárez-Orozco is a professor in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the director of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard.

Using mixed-methodological strategies, her work focuses on elucidating the child, adolescent, and young adult experience of immigration — how is their development shaped by immigration and how are they changed by the process? She has studied a wide variety of processes including academic engagement and achievement, identity formation, family separations, civic engagement, and the unauthorized experience. A focus on school settings has been an essential and enduring theme in her basic research agenda as schools are a first contact point between the immigrant children, their families, and the new society.

Her books include: Children of Immigration, Learning a New Land, Transitions: The Development of the Children of Immigrants, Education: Our Global Compact in a Time of Crisis, as well as Immigrant-Origin Students in Community College: Navigating Risk and Reward in Higher Education among others.

She has been awarded an American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation for her contributions to the understanding of cultural psychology of immigration, has served as Chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and is a member of the National Academy of Education.

Areas of Expertise

American Psychological Association APA Division 1 Arthur W. Staats Prize Lecture for Unifying Psychology,(2020)

Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Award for Best Article,(2018)

Inducted as a Member of the National Academy of Education,(2016)

Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Award for Best Edited Book for Transitions: The Development of Children of Immigrants,(2016)

Virginia & Warren Stone Award — Harvard University Press’ Outstanding Book on Education & Society for Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society,(2007)

American Psychological Association Presidential Citation,(2006)

Inducted into the New York Academy of Sciences,(2006)

Social Policy Book Award for Transformations: Immigration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents (with M. Suárez-Orozco), Society for Research on Adolescence ,(1996)


"The Cultural Psychology of Academic Engagement: Immigrant Boys' Experiences in U.S. Schools" (with D. Qin-Hillard) in Adolescent Boys in Context (ed. by N. Way and J. Chu), (forthcoming).

"The Academic Engagement & Achievement of Latino Youth" (with M. Suárez-Orozco and F. Doucet) in Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education (ed. by J. Banks and C. McGee-Banks), (forthcoming).

"Facilitating Positive Development in Immigrant Youth: The Role of Mentors and Community Organizations", (forthcoming).

"Immigration Stress & Refugee Trauma: Psychocultural Factors in the Adaptation of Adolescent Girls," in Women and Human Rights: A Global Perspective, (forthcoming).

Understanding the Social World of Immigrant Youth (issue ed. with I. Todorova) New Directions for Youth Development: Theory, Practice, and Research (series ed. by G. Noam and S. Barry), (2003).

Children of Immigration (with M. Suárez-Orozco), (2001).

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration, a seven-volume series (ed. with M. Suárez-Orozco and D. Qin-Hilliard), (2001).

"Identities Under Siege: Immigration Stress and Social Mirroring Among the Children of Immigrants," in Cultures Under Siege: Social Violence & Trauma, (2000).

"Cultural, Educational & Legal Perspectives on Immigration: Implications for School Reform" (with M. Suárez-Orozco and P. Roos) in Law & School Reform: Six Strategies for Promoting Equity in Education, (1998).

"The Cultural Patterning of Achievement Motivation: A Comparision of Mexican, Mexican immigrant, Mexican American and Non-Latino American Students" (with M. Suárez-Orozco) in California's Immigrant Children: Theory, Research, and Implication for Educational Policy, (1995).

Transformations: Immigration, Family Life & Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents (with M. Suárez-Orozco), (1995).

"Latino Cultural Psychology: Implications for Education Theory and Research" (with M. Suárez-Orozco) in Renegotiating Cultural Diversity in American Schools, (1993).


Member, American Association of Educational Researchers

Member, American Psychological Association

Member, Society for Research on Child Development

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