Roberto G. Gonzales
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Gonzales is a qualitative sociologist, whose research focuses on the ways in which legal and educational institutions shape the everyday experiences of poor, minority, and immigrant youth. Over the last decade he has been engaged in critical inquiry regarding what happens to undocumented immigrant children as they make transitions to adolescence and young adulthood. This research has helped scholars, policymakers, and educators gain a better understanding of their educational trajectories, how they come of age, and how a segment of these young people engages in civic and political activity. Professor Gonzales serves on the City of Chicago Office of New Americans Advisory Board, and has consulted with numerous immigrant-serving organizations throughout the U.S.
Gonzales is frequently quoted in major national and local media outlets. A selection of recent OpEds is listed below: