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Leaving Harvard

A married couple that has carried out leading research on immigration and education in the past decade at Harvard University is bidding the school goodbye in favor of New York University.

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Corola Suárez-Orozco, the co-directors of the Harvard Immigration Projects at the graduate school of education, plan to start teaching at their new posts in the fall.

They said they were attracted to the "energy" and "entrepreneurial" spirit of NYU and the dynamics of immigration in New York, which Mr. Suárez-Orozco called "the global capital of the world."

"New York City is a city where the diversity and breadth of immigration is unprecedented," Ms. Suárez-Orozco added.

With the Harvard Immigration Projects, the couple has studied 400 immigrant families in Boston for about five years. The two are planning new books and articles based on that research, but as a result of their move, the Harvard Immigration Projects will come to an end.

Mr. Suárez-Orozco, now a senior professor of education at Harvard, will become a professor of education and globalization at NYU.

The native of Argentina has been a prolific writer and editor during the decade the couple has spent at Harvard. With researcher Mariela M. Páez, he edited Latinos Remaking America in 2002, and he recently edited Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium with Desirée Baolian Qin-Hilliard.

The Suárez-Orozcos co-wrote numerous articles about immigration and education and trained many students to be researchers in those fields.

Ms. Suárez-Orozco, who is a senior research associate for human development and psychology in Harvard’s graduate school of education, will become a tenured professor in NYU’s departments of applied psychology and teaching and learning.

"We tried hard to keep them," Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, the dean of the graduate school of education, wrote in an e-mail message last week. She said that Harvard was not able to offer Ms. Suárez- Orozco tenure, but Mr. Suárez-Orozco noted that his wife was never reviewed for tenure by the university.

With the departure of Mr. Suárez-Orozco, the graduate school of education is losing one of its few senior professors who are members of minority groups. Now, it has only two minority professors out of 28 in the senior ranks. But 13.5 percent of the faculty members are from minority groups, Ms. Lagemann noted.

Mary Ann Zehr

Vol. 23, Issue 38, Page 14

Published in Print: May 26, 2004, as Research

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