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Alejandro Portes

Department of Sociology
186 Wallace Hall
Princeton NJ 08544

How Are The Children Of Immigrants Adapting To The U.S. And What Ties Do They Maintain With Their Homelands?

Children of immigrants comprise one-in-five of Americans under age 18 and the proportion is growing rapidly. One of my projects deals with their adaptation and the forces impinging on it. A second study focuses on the transnational organizations created by immigrants to the United States and their impact on the development of sending countries. A third pertains to Latin American large cities and their evolution during the last decades under the influence of neo-liberal adjustment policies. A fourth, just started, deals with the concept of "institutions" as currently used in economics and the ways in which sociological theory can improve and refine its uses in the field of development and others.

Selected Publications: 

2005 (with William Haller) "The Informal Economy." In N. Smelser and R. Swedberg (eds.) HANDBOOK OF ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY, 2nd edition, New York: Russell Sage Foundation (forthcoming). 

2004 (with Lingxin Hao) "The Schooling of Children of Immigrants: Contextual Effects on the Educational Attainment of the Second Generation." PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 101 (August): 11920-11927. 

2003 (with Kelly Hoffman) "Latin American Class Structures: Their Composition and Change during the Neoliberal Era." LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH REVIEW 38 (February): 41-82. 

2003 (with Luis E. Guarnizo and William Haller) "Assimilation and Transnationalism: Determinants of Transnational Political Action among Contemporary Migrants."AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY 108 (May): 1211-1248. 

2003 "Theoretical Convergencies and Empirical Evidence in the Study of Immigrant Transnationalism." INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION REVIEW 37 (Fall): 814-892.