Roberto Suro

Roberto SuroRoberto Suro holds a joint appointment as a professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is also director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, an interdisciplinary university research center exploring the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city. Suro’s latest book is Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (U of CA Press, 2011) co-edited with Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Vivian Louie. He is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution.

Suro also holds two major service positions outside the university: as a member of the board of directors of Independent Sector, the nation’s largest association of philanthropies and charities, and as a trustee of the Haynes Foundation, a leading supporter of social science research in Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the USC faculty in August 2007, he was director of the Pew Hispanic Center, a research organization in Washington D.C. that he founded in 2001, and in 2004 he was part of the management team that launched the Pew Research Center. Suro supervised the production of more than 100 publications that offered non-partisan statistical analysis and public opinion surveys chronicling the rapid growth of the Latino population and its implications for the nation as a whole. Under his leadership, the Center also organized numerous research and policy conferences with a variety of collaborators including the Inter-American Development Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Suro’s journalistic career began in 1974 at the City News Bureau of Chicago as a police reporter, and after tours at the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune he joined TIME Magazine, where he worked as a correspondent in the Chicago, Washington, Beirut and Rome bureaus. In 1985 he started at The New York Times with postings as bureau chief in Rome and Houston. After a year as an Alicia Patterson Fellow, Suro was hired at The Washington Post as a staff writer on the national desk, eventually covering a variety of beats including the Justice Department and the Pentagon and serving as deputy national editor.

Suro is author of Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America, (Vintage, 1999), Watching America’s Door: The Immigration Backlash and the New Policy Debate, (Twentieth Century Fund, 1996) and Remembering the American Dream: Hispanic Immigration and National Policy, (Twentieth Century Fund, 1994) as well as more than three dozen book chapters, reports and other publications related to Latinos and immigration.


The Children on the Rio Grande Have Families and They Are HereThe Huffington Post, September 10, 2014

Viewpoints: Latinos have paid price for broken criminal justice systemThe Sacramento Bee, June 23, 2014

Outlook: Immigration and the Statue of Liberty’s Message [discussion transcript], The Washington Post, July 6, 2009

The Statue of Liberty’s Real Stand [article], The Washington Post, July 5, 2009


The Power of the Latino Vote: Instant History, Media Narratives, and Policy [chapter] in Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration by Lois Ann Lorentzen, EditorPraeger, July 2014

Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in DialogueUniversity of California Press, September 2011

Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing AmericaVintage, May 1999