Urban Research Seminar
The NYU Urban Initiative presents Professor Roberto Gonzales as the next speaker in a line up of eminent international scholars for Urban Research Seminar. This event series is open to the greater NYU community in an effort to integrate NYU's faculty and students with a keen interest in cities.
Roberto G. Gonzales is the Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
and the founding director of the Penn Migration Initiative. His research focuses on factors that
both shape and reduce economic, legal, and social inequalities among vulnerable and hard-to-
reach youth populations as they transition to adulthood. Professor Gonzales has published award-
winning books and articles on contemporary immigration, social inequality, and the transition to
adulthood. His books include Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America,
Within and Beyond Citizenship: Borders, Membership, and Belonging, and Undocumented
Migration. His landmark book, Lives in Limbo, winner of eight major book awards, including the
C. Wright Mills Best Book Award, followed the trajectories of 150 undocumented young adults
in Los Angeles across 12 years. He is currently leading a national longitudinal study of the
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and collaborating on a study of
educators’ responses to immigration issues in their schools and communities.