Marcelo Suárez-Orozco Reappointed Wasserman Dean of UCLA Ed & IS

Suárez-Orozco’s first five years marked by successful faculty recruitment and retention, highly influential research and scholarship, and focus on equity, diversity and inclusion.

Looking to build on progress that has helped to make it one of the top ranked graduate schools in the nation, UCLA has reappointed Marcelo Suárez-Orozco to a new five-year term as Wasserman Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

“In Los Angeles we are creating the future,” said Suárez-Orozco in discussing his acceptance of the appointment. “The forces of immigration and globalization are colliding with dramatic shifts in our economy and transformational changes in information, communication and media technologies. Our challenge at UCLA is to understand the impact of those challenges on our education and information systems and shape effective and equitable efforts to address them in ways that empower our students and communities to succeed. I can think of no more exciting city and university to work in and I am humbled and pleased to continue to work with our talented faculty, students, and staff in this effort.”

In announcing the appointment in a letter to the UCLA community, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh said the review committee commended Suárez-Orozco for his “tireless leadership” and “strong commitment to academic excellence, as well as his focus on equity, diversity and inclusion.” The announcement also noted Suárez-Orozco’s success in faculty recruitment and retention, the implementation of new programs and initiatives and fundraising, as well as his continued contribution to “research and scholarship at the highest levels of influence.”

Suárez-Orozco joined UCLA as Dean in 2012 and was appointed the inaugural UCLA Wasserman Dean in 2015. As Dean, he oversees more than 140 faculty members, hundreds of students and dozens of staff in both the UCLA Department of Education and the UCLA Department of Information Studies. Since joining UCLA, he has helped to raise more than $77 million for GSE&IS, lead the largest faculty recruitment initiative in decades, worked to establish a new UCLA community school in in South Los Angeles and undertaken efforts to engage the community and promote public scholarship. Joining with his colleagues at the UCLA Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education, his research has reported on the stresses facing migrant college students and shined a light on the plight of students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the age of Trump. This past year, he led an effort to convene a gathering of international scholars at UCLA to examine the crisis in mass migration and the needed humanitarian response. The findings and recommendations were presented at the Vatican in Rome this spring and the forthcoming volume Catastrophic Migrations of the 21st Century will be published by the University of California Press in 2018.

As he begins his new appointment, Suárez-Orozco will look to further the efforts of the talented researchers in the UCLA Department of Information Studies whose cutting edge work is exploring the changes in the sharing and storage of information wrought by shifts in technology and the explosion of social media, as well as the traditional preservation of information by libraries, archives and other institutions. He will also join with faculty members in the UCLA Department of Education who are engaged in the transformation of teaching and schools in order to improve learning opportunities and further social justice for students and families in urban communities. In doing so he will support research ranging from brain science to teaching methods, as well as the impact of practices of higher education.

Prior to joining UCLA, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco was the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University where he also held NYU’s most prestigious title of University Professor. He 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, UCLA Professor 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. At the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., Marcelo Suárez-Orozco was the Richard B. Fisher Membership Fellow and undertook research on education, globalization and immigration. 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 lectures throughout the world including addresses at the World Economic Forum, the German Foreign Office, the Mexican Chancellery, the Vatican and the U.S. Congress, among others. He is the author of numerous scholarly essays, award-winning books and edited volumes and has written scholarly papers in a range of disciplines and languages in international journals. His work and expertise has been featured in the global media.

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. 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 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. Suárez-Orozco was educated in public schools in Argentina where both his parents were life long teachers, in the California Community College system 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.