Marcelo Suárez-Orozco Appointed to Executive Committee of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Wasserman Dean will serve five-year term with leadership of cadre of scholars and experts at the Vatican.


Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco has been appointed by Pope Francis to the Executive Committee of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences (PASS) for a five-year term.

“I am humbled beyond words by this extraordinary opportunity and look forward to serving Pope Francis in this new capacity to the best of my abilities,” says Suárez-Orozco.

Dean Suárez-Orozco is an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and has been a regular speaker at the Academy’s meetings and events. In 2017, he and the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies co-hosted a Workshop on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration with the with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the Ross Institute of New York.

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was established by Pope John Paul II in 1994 to promote the study and progress of the social sciences, primarily economics, sociology, law and political science, with the goal of providing the Catholic Church with perspectives to use in the development of its social doctrine the application of that doctrine in contemporary society.

Dean Suárez-Orozco is a Trustee of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and a Member of the Governance Board of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the co-founder of Re-imagining Migration and a co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA. His most recent book , “Humanitarianism and Mass Migration: Confronting the World Crisis,” was published in April by the University of California Press.

To read the essay, “Unwelcome Mats,” published by Dean Suárez-Orozco in Harvard Magazine, visit this link.

Above: Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco met with Pope Francis and spoke at a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in May.

Courtesy of Marcelo Suárez-Orozco