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Norma Fuentes-Mayorga, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Sociology (at Rose Hill)
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Columbia, 2005

Dealy Hall 404C
Bronx, NY  10458-9993
tel:  (718) 817-3853
fax: (718) 817-3846
Research Interests
International migration, gender, race and class, Latino/a studies, education, urban problems, mental health.
Biographical Details

While completing her graduate studies at Columbia, Dr. Fuentes collaborated as research associate and director for two major public policy-oriented, longitudinal studies on housing desegregation and immigration: The Yonkers Community and Family Project and the Study on Immigration and Welfare Reform (PROWA) of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Before joining Fordham in 2004, Dr. Fuentes also worked as teaching assistant for Barnard and Columbia Colleges and Research Director for the School of Public Health at Columbia University.

In addition to her comparative research on the immigrant and work integration of first-generation Dominican and Mexican women in New York City, Dr. Fuentes is also studying the relationship between school and labor market integration among second generation Dominican and Moroccan girls living in Amsterdam and New York City. This research is part of a larger, multi-national and longitudinal study on the Children of Immigrants in School (CIS) in Europe and the United States sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Fuentes’s postdoctoral fellowship as a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Amsterdam’s (UVA) Center for Immigration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) was sponsored by the Social Science Research Council and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. For press coverage of this project, click here

Dr. Fuentes is the recipient of various awards for her contribution to research in sociology and the study of Latina immigration, most recently from New York City’s largest Latino NGO, Alianza Dominicana’s Women’s Conference Award (2006) as well as the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (2007). She has been elected Council Member of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association for 2007-2009, and she is presently preparing her dissertation research for publication: gender, racialization and the integration to work among Dominican and Mexican women in New York City, the U.S., and Latin America. For information about continuing research in this area, click here. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of Fordham’s Latin American and Latino Studies (LALSI).

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Selected Publications


Fuentes, N. 2007. “The Immigrant Experiences of Dominican and Mexican Women in the 1990s: Crossing Boundaries or Temporary Work Spaces?” In Crossing Borders and Constructing Boundaries: Immigration Race and Ethnicity, Caroline Brettell, ed., pp. 94-119. Lexington Books Press, New York.

Fuentes, N. 2005. "Review of Ernesto Sagas and Sintia E. Molina, eds. Dominican Migration:  Transnational Perspectives. University Press of Florida."  International Migration Review 39:765-66.

Aidala, A., T. Jackson, N. Fuentes, and R. Burman. 2005. "Housing, Health and Wellness Study: A Collaborative Project by Columbia University School of Public Health and Bailey House, Inc.” The Report was prepared and presented in 2000 and published by Bailey House, Inc in 2005:

Courses Taught


Introduction to Sociology; Causes and Consequences of Inequality; Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender; Old and New Minorities in the U.S.; Latina Women: Immigration and Inequality


Sociology of New Minorities in the U.S.


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