March 15, 2016 -- Harvard Assistant Professor of Education Roberto Gonzales will be the featured speaker at the George I. Sanchez Lecture at the University of Houston Law Center. Gonzales will discuss his book “Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America” at 4 p.m. March 29 in the Hendricks Heritage Room. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Mining the results of a 12-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, Gonzales’ book exposes the failures of a system that integrates children into schools but ultimately denies them the rewards of their labor. It was published by the University of California Press in December 2015.
In addition to teaching at Harvard, Gonzales is also Associate Editor of the “Social Problems” journal. Gonzales’ research focuses on ways in which legal and educational institutions shape the experiences of poor, minority, and immigrant youth. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on undocumented immigrant youth and young adults.
“Professor Gonzales is among the most accomplished junior scholars writing about DREAMers and college-aged students without legal status in the U.S. His recent book and his broad scholarship have been quite influential in policy matters,” Professor Michael Olivas said.
The event is sponsored by the Law Center’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, Immigration Clinic, and Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance. UH’s Center for Borders, Trade and Immigration, Research, Center for Immigration Research, Center for Mexican American Studies, and Sociology school are also hosts.