Distinguished Participants

Distinguished participants are listed under the Afternoon Plenary & Concurrent Dialogue Session they will partake in.

Dialogue Session 1
Physical Resilience: Building and Real Estate Industries

Hosted by:  Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury

Panelists include:
Dr. Keren Bolter (Arcadis)
Kieran Bowers (Swire Group)

David Martin (Terra Group)
Bernardo Fort Brescia (Arquitectonica)
Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet (Touzet Studios)
Douglas D. Pierce, AIA, LEED® FELLOW, RELi AP


Dr. Keren Bolter

Keren Bolter, PhD is an Urban and Coastal Resiliency expert for Arcadis, US. leading climate change and resilience initiatives, with a focus on communication that translates information to action. She specializes in GIS analysis of people, cities, & the environment to inform data-driven climate resilience. Dr. Bolter conducts benefit cost analyses for pre-disaster mitigation to support funding. She has worked as a professor and as a planner in local government, giving her a unique range of perspectives. She has presented her models and research via a TED talk, and on TV stations including NBC, PBS, National Geographic, the History Channel, and the Weather Channel. Her experience includes creating and teaching about risk mapping tools which foster data driven decision-making and collaboration. Dr. Bolter’s background in climate research utilizes LIDAR elevation, storm surge, and groundwater data. Her analyses overlay assets, health data, and socioeconomic data to determine the consequences of climate-related shocks and stressors. She is an excellent communicator and facilitator, bridging the climate literacy gap through hands-on stakeholder engagement. She has also been working on funding infrastructure resilience, having led the development of successful grant applications that led to a cumulative award total of over $85M.


Kieran Bowers
Swire Group

Prior to assuming his role as President of Swire Properties, Inc in 2017, Kieran Bowers was a 20 year veteran of the company, serving in a variety of high level positions for the leading Hong Kong-based real estate developer. Mr. Bowers heads U.S. operations of the Hong Kong-based conglomerate, including overseeing Swire’s most ambitious project to date, Brickell City Centre, the 4.9-million-square-foot mixed-use project that completed its first phase of construction in 2016. Located in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, the $1.05-billion landmark urban center sits on three city blocks and is comprised of the stylish 5-star hotel, EAST, Miami, two Class-A office towers, two luxury residential towers, Reach and Rise and a 500,000-square-foot retail center. Mr. Bowers oversees the second phase of the sprawling complex, which is anticipated to include Miami’s tallest skyscraper, advancing Brickell City Centre as a symbol of Miami’s global might and one of the most important large-scale developments in the country. Mr. Bowers began his career with John Swire and Sons, Hong Kong Ltd.in 1998 as the assistant to the general manager of Cathay Pacific Cargo, Swire’s Hong Kong based airline subsidiary. Throughout his career, he moved into management roles responsible for sales, marketing and operations in both the passenger and cargo sectors in Japan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, and the Netherlands. From 2005 to 2008, he was responsible for the airline’s network development in China, South East Asia, the Sub-Continent and the United States. In 2008, Mr. Bowers assumed the role of Portfolio Manager for Swire Properties Inc, overseeing office leasing for Taikoo Place, Swire’s mixed-use development recognized as one of Hong Kong’s best-planned business hubs. In 2010, he moved to development and valuation for Taikoo Place, focusing on the redevelopment and regeneration of industrial buildings and the surrounding community of the development. In 2012, he moved to Beijing to serve as the general manager for Indigo, Beijing, the retail-led mixed-use development and joint venture between Swire Properties and Sino Ocean Land. In 2015, he spearheaded the repositioning of the private residential neighborhood, Taikoo Shing, and the six-level retail center, Cityplaza, in Hong Kong. Mr. Bowers graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford University with an honors degree in Oriental Studies with a concentration in Japanese. A Chartered Surveyor, he is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and holds a masters degree in Surveying from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. Mr. Bowers and his wife have three children: Orlando 10, Matthias 9 and Isla 7.

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David Martin

As the CEO of Miami-based development firm Terra, David Martin has cultivated a portfolio of more than five million square feet of residential and commercial real estate valued in excess of $8 billion. The firm is active across all major real estate asset classes, including multifamily apartments, luxury condominium and single-family residences, retail and office space, hotels, and industrial properties. Mr. Martin oversees several facets of Terra’s business, including real estate development, design, construction, financing, marketing, sales and leasing. Under Mr. Martin’s leadership, Terra has achieved international acclaim for its commitment to design excellence, resiliency measures, and sustainable development. Since launching the firm in 2001, Mr. Martin has excelled at assembling multidisciplinary teams of architects, designers, planners, engineers and builders to bring projects to life.Recent examples include Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Renzo Piano, Bjarke Ingels, Daniel Buren, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, Meyer Davis Studio, William Sofield, West 8, Chef Michael Schwartz, Rene Gonzalez, Chad Oppenheim, RDAI, Gabellini Sheppard and more. A Florida native, Mr. Martin has taken a proactive role in ensuring his hometown is built to last. Terra integrates green space, resilient construction methods, transit connectivity and renewable energy into its developments wherever possible. Additionally, Mr. Martin has been and is involved in several boards and organizations, including serving as a member of Miami-Dade County’s Biscayne Bay Task Force, an Advisory Board member for the University of Miami’s Masters in Real Estate Development + Urbanism (MRED+U) program, Chair of the Neighborhoods Committee for The Underline, a 10-mile linear park now under construction in Miami, as well as an active member of the Sea Level Rise Committee. This commitment to community is underscored by Terra’s historic role in charitable, civic, arts and cultural organizations, including the Miami Children's Health Foundation benefitting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Freedom Tower, Vizcaya Museums and Gardens, YoungArts Foundation, The Bass Museum and PAMM. Mr. Martin is an alumnus of the University of Florida, where he earned his MBA and his Law Degree (JD), as well as his undergraduate degree, and currently sits on the board for the UF School of Business. He resides in Miami Beach with his wife and two children.

fort brescia Bernardo Fort Brescia
Bernardo Fort-Brescia is a founding principal of Arquitectonica. A native of Lima he did his early studies in Peru and Europe where he learned multiple languages which would later prove useful for his international career.  He studied architecture and urban planning at Princeton University and received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he later taught.  He moved to Florida in 1975 to teach at the University of Miami.  In 1977 he founded Arquitectonica with a group of young architects and set up a studio in Coconut Grove.  Bernardo led the charge of expanding the firm across the country and abroad.  The firm is known as one of the pioneers of globalization in the architecture profession.

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Douglas D. Pierce, AIA, LEED® FELLOW, RELi AP

• Global Resilience Director, Architect and Senior Associate - Perkins & Will (1997 – Present) 
• Chair - USGBC RELi Resilient Design Rating System
• Adjunct Professor in Practice - University of Minnesota, College of Design

Doug Pierce is a pioneering architect, speaker and writer with a passion for integrating art + science through poetic innovation. He has over 30 years of experience in sustainable / resilient design that includes planning, architecture and policy work. He was technical lead for the Climate Ready DC adaptation plan, winner of a 2017 C40 Cities/ Bloomberg Philanthropies International “Citie4Tomorrow” award, and the recently published Minneapolis 100RC Plan. Currently he is leading development of a wholistic Resilience Plan for the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa and working on the City of Miami Beach Resilience Codes with a focus on sea level rise. Doug is defining a new integrative framework for sustainable design through development of the RELi Resiliency Action List + National Consensus Standard. RELi was launched in 2014 and adopted by the USGBC in 2017 as part of their family of standards


Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet
Touzet Studios

Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet is a founding Principal of Touzet Studio and has a reputation for strong design and professional leadership. Her approach to each design is based on a rigorous understanding of the people, the climate, the culture, and history of a place. A champion for preparing the community for coastal resilience and designing a livable and sustainable future, she is the Chair of the Resiliency Committee for the Board of MRED+U (University of Miami School of Real Estate, Development and Urbanism), an AIA advisor to the Sea Level Rise Committee, and a frequent guest critic at University of Miami and Florida International University. She has designed award winning projects in Asia, Europe and in the USA that include hospitality, mixed use- both architecture and interiors.

Dialogue Session 2
Economic Resilience: Urban Policies

Hosted by: Professor Sonia Chao

Panelists include:
Jim Murley (Miami-Dade County)
Amy Knowles (City of Miami Beach)
Alan Dodd (City of Miami)
Sayda Rodriguez, (State of Yucatan)

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Jim Murley
Miami-Dade County

James F. Murley is the Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County, together with the Cities of Miami and Miami Beach, launched their Resilient 305 Strategy in May 2019. Jim previously served as Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs under Governor Lawton Chiles and was appointed Chair of the Florida Energy and Climate Commission by Governor Charlie Crist. Additionally, he served as Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Florida, spent over 10 years withFlorida Atlantic University overseeing research on urban and environmental issues, and served as Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Planning Council. Jim is a founding member of the American Society for Adaptation Professionals and Resiliency Florida, a Board member of The Florida Ocean Alliance and the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

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Amy Knowles
City of Miami Beach

As the Chief Resilience Officer, Amy Knowles leads strategic and resilience planning and special projects and works across city departments and stakeholders. Resilience planning includes Resilient305, a unique resilience strategy for Greater Miami and the Beaches, and the Miami Beach Strategic Plan through the Lens of Resilience, both unanimously adopted by the City of Miami Beach in 2019. Innovative projects include the Urban Land Institute Panel on Stormwater Management and Climate Adaptation, the Business Case Analysis of the Stormwater Program, and working with the City’s Flood plain Manager on the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. Ms. Knowles was recently selected to be on the North American Steering Committee for the Global Resilient Cities Network. She participates in in the work of Southeast Florida Climate Compact, Resiliency Florida, and countywide planning. Ms. Knowles holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University in New York. Ms. Knowles is a graduate of Leadership ICMA, the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s executive program.

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Alan Dodd
City of Miami

Alan Dodd, PE is Chief Resilience Officer and Director of the Department of Resilience and Public Works for the City of Miami.

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Sayda Rodriguez
State of Yucatan

Sayda Rodríguez Gómez holds a degree in Natural Resources Management from the Marista University of Merida and in 2005 she obtained a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from the Autonomy University of Yucatán. She specialized in integratedwaste management and environmental management. Sayda has great experience in the private sector, where she has worked as an environmental consultant. In the academic field, she taught for 8 years at the Marista University of Merida where she also implemented environmental management programs. During 2015-2018 she served as the Director of the Sustainable Development Unit of the Merida City Hall. Currently, she is the Head of the Secretariat of Sustainable Development of the Yucatan State Government, being the first woman to hold this position in Yucatan. Sayda Rodriguez is a proud Yucatecan who believes that there is no future without sustainable development, and has dedicated the last 20 years to promote sustainability in Yucatan.

Dialogue Session 3
Social, Economic, and Physical Resilience: Academic Research Partnerships

Hosted by:  Dean Guillermo Prado

Panelists include:
Professor and Vice Provost for Research Erin Kobetz
Dr. Carlton Watson (University of the Bahamas)
Dr. Myriam Moïse (Caribbean Studies Association)
Beatriz Martins Carneiro, Programme Mgmt. Officer - Regional Coordinator of UNEP´ initiative Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals (GO4SDGs) in Latin America and Caribbean
Professor Alice J. Hovorka, Dean at the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

kobetz Professor and
Vice Provost for Research
Erin Kobetz
Dr. Erin Kobetz is Vice Provost for Research and Tenured Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Additionally, she is Associate Director of Population Science and Cancer Disparities at UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC), as well as, the Chief of Population Health and Cancer Disparities for UHealth Oncology Service line. Dr. Kobetz also serves as Program Director for the Community Engagement and Multidisciplinary Team Science Components of UM’s Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSA). She earned a Master's in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 1999, and joined the University of Miamiin September of 2004, after completing her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health. Soon after, Dr. Kobetz established Patnè en Aksyon (Partners in Action), Sylvester’s first ever campus community partnership in Little Haiti, the largest enclave of Haitian settlement, and remains committed to integrating diverse stakeholders into the translational research continuum. Dr. Kobetz currently works as the Principal Investigator of multiple grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparity (NIHMD,) to support collaborative science with numerous South Florida communities. Collectively, they have garnered over 25 million dollars in extramural funding andserve as the University’s model for stakeholder engagement. Dr. Erin Kobetz has also partnered with South Florida Firefighters -similarly characterized by excess cancer risk -and leads the Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI), a University-wide interdisciplinary strategy to address disparity from “bench” to “bedside” to “community.” Such efforts have been locally and nationally recognized and serve as an important approach to develop new community-based models for cancer prevention and achieve sustainable health and social change in underserved communities.
watson Dr. Carlton Watson
University of the Bahamas

Carlton Watson is Dean of the Faculty ofPure and Applied Sciences at University of The Bahamas(UB), with responsibility for the natural sciences, engineering and technology, nursing and allied health, pharmacy and architecture. He also leads UB’s sustainability research and teaching agenda, which is centered around resilience, equity, innovation and sustainable development, particularly in the context of small island developing nations like The Bahamas. To this end, he has oversight of the small island sustainability programmes (marine sciences, agriculture, ecotourism, and integrated planning and design)and the GTR Campbell Small Island Sustainability Research Complex. An experimental condensed matter physicist by training, he specializes in micro-/nanofabrication, semiconductor devices, and microwave measurement and techniques. Before returning home to The Bahamas in 2003, he was senior research scientist and head of the microfabrication division of a high frequency semiconductor devices and modules company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has represented UBon many local, national, regional and international committees and task forces and currently serves on The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana. He is actively involved in several professional and civic organizations including the National Society of Black Physicists, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and The Rotary Club of West Nassau, where he currently serves as President.
myriam moise Dr. Myriam Moïse
Caribbean Studies Association
Dr Myriam Moïse is Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at the Université des Antilles in Martinique. Since 2018, she is the Secretary-General of Universities Caribbean, the recently rebranded organization of Caribbean universities and research institutes. She holds a Doctorate from Paris Sorbonne University and a PhD from the University of the West Indies. Dr Moïse is very committed to developing collaborative research and educational projects in the wider Caribbean region. She is currently engaged in various educational projects and research activities including the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program “Connected Worlds: The Caribbean, Origin of Modern World” (www.conneccaribbean.com). 
beatriz martins Beatriz Martins Carneiro,
Programme Management Officer, Regional Coordination of the United Nations Environment Program’s initiative “Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals” in Latin America and Caribbean
Beatriz is the regional coordinator of UNEP ́ initiative Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals (GO4SDGs) in Latin America and Caribbean, which aims to accelerate regional solutions for inclusive green economies and sustainable consumption and production by sharing best practices and offering science-based knowledge, policy tools and capacity development opportunities in priority areas to “build back better. Before joining UNEP, she worked at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development – Brazilian Chapter, and also served as the Executive Secretary for the UN Global Compact – Brazilian Local Network. On both opportunities she specialized in sustainability issues related to businesses. Beatriz has 18 years of experience in environmental law, advocacy and sustainable development. During her career, she carried out activities related to policy design, implementation of programs and policies, as well as institutional representation. She has worked in various thematic areas (sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity, renewable energy and climate change, waste management policy, water resources, business and human rights, governance, integrity and anti-corruption) and institutional environments (government, private sector, NGOs and UN agencies). Beatriz holds a Master Degree in Comparative Law from the University of Florida in the US and a Master Degree in Environmental Law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne in France.
hovorka Professor Alice J. Hovorka
Dean at the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change
York University
Alice J. Hovorka is Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University in Toronto Canada. She earned her PhD in Geography from Clark University in 2003, andbecame a Humboldt Research Fellow in 2009. Her research program broadly explores human-environment relationships, with specializations in animal geographies, gender and environment, urban geography, Southern Africa, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. As Dean at York University, she is focused on enhancing experiential education, research excellence, and international partnerships in the realm of environmental and urban change.

Dialogue Session 4
Physical Resilience: Green, Blue, and Grey Lines of Defense

Hosted by:  Professor Brian Haus

Panelists include:
Elizabeth Wheaton (City of Miami Beach)
Camilo Trench (UWI-Mona)
Rod Braun (The Nature Conservancy)

elizabeth wheaton Ms. Elizabeth Wheaton
City of Miami Beach
Elizabeth Wheaton has been working with the City of Miami Beach since 2008 and over the last twelve years has served in the Public Works Department, Building Department, and the Office of the Mayor and CommissionIn 2016, the Environment & Sustainability Department was created, and Elizabeth was appointed as the Director. The City’s Environment & Sustainability Department focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation through the lens of sustainability, environmental resources management and urban forestry. In 2014, Elizabeth was selected to participate in The Miami Foundation’s Class VIII Miami Fellows Program, a prestigious leadership focused on community engagement and impact. In 2016, Elizabeth was selected to participate in the Harvard Business School’s Young American Leader’s program. Elizabeth graduated from University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with a Masters in Marine Affairs and Policy. Elizabeth is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
camilo trench Mr. Camilo Trench
Camilo Trench is a Marine Biologist. His post is that of a Lecturer in Marine Sciences and the Academic Coordinator at the University of the West Indies’ Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory (DBML). He has worked with the University of the West Indies for over 17 years and is a key member of the UWI Centre for Marine Sciences team, assisting to secure and manage over USD$5m worth of project funding in various fields of Research in Marine Sciences and Environmental management.  He has spent over ten years studying mangrove rehabilitation in Jamaica and with his colleagues has collaborated with entities such as NEPA, The Forestry Dept., The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, Forest Conservation Fund, numerous Environmental Consultancy firms and NGO’s, making him one of the islands primary consultants on Mangrove Ecology, Conservation and Coastal Forest Rehabilitation; (over 10 publications and over 50 technical reports/EIA contributions). Mr. Trench is also the Safety Director for the islands only Hyperbaric Treatment Facility which is housed at UWI-Discovery Bay Marine Lab, having treated or managed the treatment of over 150 fishermen and recreational divers. Mr. Trench graduated from Ferncourt High School(currently the alumni association president), Browns Town Community College, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Botany and later obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Tropical Ecosystems Assessment and Monitoring in 2008. Camilo has just completed his PhD-studying mangrove rehabilitation approaches in Jamaica.
rod braun Mr. Rod Braun
The Nature Conservancy
As Manager of The Nature Conservancy’s Climate & Coastal Resilience Program in Florida, Rod Braun is responsible for developing policies and strategies around various climate actions, including mitigation and adaptation, as well as implementing the organization’s 50-State Climate Initiative in Florida. He leads the effort on coastal resilience strategies for the Florida Chapter and serves on the steering committees of both SE FL Regional Climate Compact and East Central Florida Resilience Collaborative. Prior to his role at TNC, he worked at the South Florida Water Management District where he managed the West Coast CERP Program and local stormwater & restoration initiatives. Rod has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Florida Tech.  

Dialogue Session 5
Social Resilience: Climate Migration

Hosted by:  Dr. Felicia M. Knaul

Panelists include:
Dr. Adelle Thomas (University of the Bahamas)
Dr. Louis Marcellin (University of Miami)
Dr. Justin Stoler (University of Miami)
Professor Alejandro Portes (University of Miami)

adelle thomas Dr. Adelle Thomas
University of the Bahamas
Adelle is Senior Caribbean Research Associate for the IMPACT project and part of the Science team. Her particular focus is on aspects of social vulnerability, adaptation strategies and loss and damage. Since November 2019, Adelle is also Director of the newly established Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre at the University of the Bahamas. Prior to joining Climate Analytics, Adelle was an Assistant Professor at University of The Bahamas and Director of the Climate Change Initiative there. As a human-environment geographer, she is interested in the particular vulnerabilities and adaptation potentials for small island developing states. Adelle has worked for several years on intersections between climate change adaptation, environmental protection and development. Her research has centered on varying aspects of adaptation and social vulnerability including examining the potential of insurance as an adaptation strategy; knowledge, awareness and perception of the public about climate change; assessing opportunities, barriers and limits to adaptation; and challenges facing small islands in managing loss and damage. Adelle is an lead author in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and the Special Report on 1.5°C, and has authored a variety of academic publications and has also provided scientific services to a number of organisations including the Global Environment Facility, Inter-American Development Bank, International Maritime Organization and national institutions in the USA and Bahamas. Adelle obtained a PhD in Geography from Rutgers University (2012) and a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota and Macalester College (2005).

louis marcellin Dr. Louis Marcellin
University of Miami
Louis Herns Marcelin, Ph.D., is professor of social sciences at the University of Miami and Chancellor of the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development, INURED. He is the co-founder and Director of the Global Health and Society, an interdisciplinary and cross campus graduate program at the University of Miami. His research also examines questions related to health and human security, and the roles of power, violence, and marginalization in society (particularly in Brazil, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States). In furtherance of his research interests, he was awarded various National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the intersections of marginalization, health risks, drug use, gang violence, and immigration processes in South Florida. In 2007, he led the creation of the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED www.inured.org) in Haiti, a transdisciplinary institute with the mission to contribute to the development of high-level research and scientific training in Haiti and the Caribbean. Dr. Marcelin has taught and continues to teach sociocultural anthropology; medical anthropology; global health; research methodology; theories in social sciences; anthropology of disasters; violence and human security; societies and cultures in the Caribbean; youth, culture, and globalization; and hospital ethnography. Professor Marcelin’s publications are featured in various flagship venues including American Journal of Public Health, American Anthropologist, Current Anthropology, Child Abuse and Neglect, Prehospital Disaster Medicine, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse among others.




Dr. Justin Stoler
University of Miami

Dr. Justin Stoler is Associate Professor of Geography and Regional Studies, and Public Health Sciences, at the University of Miami. His research explores global health disparities, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, and environmental impacts on social and behavioral epidemiology. He co-leads the Household Water Insecurity Experiences Research Coordination Network (HWISE RCN), a community of practice that promotes interdisciplinary research and development related to water insecurity.

alejandro portes Professor Alejandro Portes
University of Miami

Alejandro Portes is Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of (Emeritus) Sociology at Princeton University and Professor of Law and Distinguished Scholar of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. He is the founding director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton. He has formerly taught at Johns Hopkins University, where he held the John Dewey Chair; Duke University, and the University of Texas-Austin. In 1997, he was elected president of the American Sociological Association and served in that capacity in 1998-99. Born in Havana, Cuba, he came to the United States in 1960. He was educated at the University of Havana, Catholic University of Argentina, and Creighton University. He received his M. A. and Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Portes is the author of more than 250 articles and chapters on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology. He has published 40 books and special issues. His books include City on the Edge – the Transformation of Miami (California 1993), co-authored with Alex Stepick and winner of the Robert Park Award for best book in urban sociology and the Anthony Leeds Award for best book in urban anthropology in 1995; and Immigrant America: A Portrait, 4th edition, (California 2014), designated as a Centennial Publication by the University of California Press in 1996. His most recent book Spanish Legacies: The Coming of Age of the Second Generation was published in 2016. His current research is on the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation in comparative perspective, the role of institutions on national development, and the comparative study of global cities. In 2001, he published, with Rubén G. Rumbaut, Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation and Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America (California 2001). Legacies was the winner of the 2002 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association and of the 2002 W. I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki Award for best book from the International Migration Section of ASA.