Sociologist Alejandro Portes receives Princess of Asturias Award in the Social Sciences

Alejandro Portes, the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, and senior scholar in sociology, has been awarded the 2019 Princess of Asturias Award in the Social Sciences. The Princess of Asturias Awards are the highest form of recognition bestowed by the Spanish Crown and among the most important prizes conferred in the European Union.


Alejandro Portes 

The prize was established “to contribute to, encourage, and promote scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of humankind’s universal heritage.” The award will be presented in October by Princess Leonor and King Felipe VI of Spain at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, the capital of the Principality of Asturias.

Portes is the author of 250 articles and chapters on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology. He has published 30 books and special issues, including “City on the Edge – the Transformation of Miami” (1993), co-authored with Alex Stepick, and “Immigrant America: A Portrait,” 3rd edition (2006), written with Rubén G. Rumbaut.

His current research focuses on the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation in comparative perspective, the role of institutions on national development, and immigration and the American health system.