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CUA Professor Expert in Hispanic Migration



Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology Enrique Pumar received a grant from the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Center to direct the second phase of its Latino History Project last fall.

This project is documenting the footprint of Hispanic migration to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. Pumar is focusing on the presence of Hispanics in Northern Virginia. He is coordinating field research including archival research, interviews, and focus groups, and will organize workshops at the Smithsonian throughout the year.

“This Hispanic group [in Northern Virginia] is among the more diverse groups — in terms of ethnic nationality and social stratification — anywhere in the United States,” Pumar says. “Studying Hispanic migration to Northern Virginia tells us something important about why immigrants settle in new gateway destinations.”

Pumar is a member of the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Institution's Latino Center. The center was created in 1997 and its works spread across the entire network of Smithsonian museums, research centers, programs, and almost 200 affiliates nationwide to ensure that Latino culture, achievement, and contributions are celebrated and recognized, according to its website.

Pumar serves on the editorial board of Sociological Forum and is the consulting editor for sociology to the Library of Congress Handbook of Latin American Studies.

Pumar has published extensively in the areas of political sociology, economies of national development, and race relations. He is the editor of the recently published book Hispanic Migration and Urban Development (Emerald Press).

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