USC Tomas Rivera Policy Institute: The Latino Middle Class

Earlier this year, Dr. Jody Agius Vallejo and I were asked to develop a microsite (read: resource page) for USC’s Tomas Rivera Policy Institute. Building on Jody Vallejo’s work centered on the Mexican-American middle class, the research highlighted on this site examines middle-class Mexican Americans and elite Latino entrepreneurs. We address important questions concerning immigrant socioeconomic mobility and assimilation.

Immigrants and their children are the future of American society and this research helps to contradict the one-dimensional and damaging images of poor, unauthorized, and unassimilable Latinos that are reinforced by media, pundits, and politicians.

For more on the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, click here.