Fordham University



Clara E. Rodriguez. Professor of Sociology.

B.A. City College of New York; Ph. D. Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
, Fordham College at Lincoln Center.


Fordham University
113 W. 60 St.
New York, New York  10023





(212)636 7153

Subjects Taught:

Images of Latinos in the US Media

Hispanics in the US

Old and New Minorities

"Race" and "Mixed Race"

Diversity in American Society

Hispanic Women

American Pluralism

Research Methods


Introduction to Sociology

Research Methods in Business and the Social Sciences

Real Estate and Social Trends in New York City

The City and Its Neighborhoods

Race and Ethnicity in the Media

History and Culture of Latino Communities in the US

Latino Studies Seminar

Economics and Society

Economic and Social Issues in the City

Freshman Interdisciplinary Program



Dr. Clara E. Rodríguez is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center.  She is the author of ten books including: Heroes, Lovers and Others (Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004), Changing Race:  Latinos, The Census and the History of Ethnicity in the United States. New York University Press (2000). Hispanics in the Labor Force: Issues and Policies, with Meléndez, E. and Barry Figueroa, J. (Eds.). NY:  Plenum Press, 1991, Puerto Ricans: Born in the USA (Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, 1991);and Latin Looks:  Images of Latinas and Latinos in U.S. Media. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997.  She is the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, most recently, the American Sociological Association’s 2001 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in the Field of Latina/o Studies, her university’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Social Sciences in 2003, and she was designated “Distinguished Lecturer” by the Organization of American Historians.  She has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, MIT, and Yale University.  She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.  Previously, she was the Dean of Fordham University's College of Liberal Studies.  She has written over 50 articles on Latinos in the United States and is co-author of The Culture and Commerce of Publishing in the 21st Century, Stanford University Press (2007) which received the Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Award in 2007.  She has also been a consultant to a number of television shows and documentaries, most recently, “Dora, the Explorer” and “Sesame Street.”  She was recently elected to a three-year term on the American Sociological Association’s Governing Council and was selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the nation” by Hispanic Business, October 2007. She was recently appointed to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for a three-year term by the Postmaster General.

Current Interests and Research:

My current research interests and projects are wide-ranging, but they generally involve racial/ethnic classifications, the media, and Latinos.  Most recently, I have been working on a number of research projects.   They have included (1) an analysis of quantitative data that examines the effects of race and national origin on the health profiles of Latinos in the U.S. (2) While in the past, I have done work that has focused specifically on Latina women, more recently I have focused more closely on Latino males, in particular research and policy issues concerning this group.  (3)  I also continue to be involved with other international scholars in analyzing the representation of Latinos and other racial-ethnic groups on prime time US television. My current work in this area seeks to examine such representations within a more global perspective. (4) Recently, I have also been involved in a number of projects that build on my previous research on racial/ethnic census classifications.  These include the recent journal articles noted below. (5) In the future, I hope to continue my research analyzing early decennial censuses, i.e., those from 1790-1840. 

Recent Publications:

Books in Print:

2007.     The Culture and Commerce of Publishing in the 21st Century, co-edited with Albert N. Greco and Robert M. Wharton. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA. Recipient of a National Jesuit Award, 2007.

2004.     Heroes, Lovers, and Others: the Story of Latinos in Hollywood. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. Published in paperback by Oxford University Press (2008). Available at the following:

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2000.     Changing Race: Latinos, the Census, and the History of Ethnicity in the United States. New York University Press. Available at: or on

1991.     Hispanics in the Labor Force: Issues and Policies, co-edited with Edwin Meléndez and Janis Barry Figueroa. Plenum Press, NY.

1997.     Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media. Westview Press, Boulder, CO.

1989.     Puerto Ricans: Born in the U.S.A. Unwin Hyman, Boston.

1996.     Historical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Survival in the U.S., co-edited with Virginia Sánchez Korrol. Markus Wiener Publishers, Princeton, NJ.

2000.     "Adiós, Borinquen querida": La diáspora puertorriqueña [The Puerto Rican Diaspora]. José E. Cruz, Edna Acosta-Belén, Margarita Benítez, Yvonne González-Rodríguez, Clara E. Rodríguez, Carlos E. Santiago, Azara Santiago-Rivera, & Barbara R. Sjostrom. CELAC (Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies), Albany, NY.

Recent Journal and Ejournal Articles:


2013 "Latino Racial Reporting in the US: To Be or Not To Be," Sociological Compass, 4, 1-14. [with M. Miyawaki and G. Argeros].

2011 "Dolores Del Rio and Lupe Velez: Working in Hollywood Film, 1924-1944. Norteamerica Revista Academica del CISAN-UNAM, 6(1), 69-91.

2010 “Implications and Impact of Race on the Health of Latinos,” in Health Issues in Latino Males: A Social and Structural Approach, edited by Marilyn Aguirre-Molina, Luisa N. Borrell, and William Vega.  Part of series on “Critical Issues in Health and Medicine” edited by Rima D. Apple and Janet Golden,  Rutgers University Press, May 2010, pp. 32-52 [with Luisa Borrell].

2009 “Contestations Over Classifications: Latinos, The Census and Race in the United States,” Journal de la Société de Américanistes, 95:2:175-205. 

2010 “Racial Themes in the Literature,” in Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook, edited by Claudio Ivan Remeseira, Columbia University Press, June 2010, pp. 183-200. 

2009 “Counting Latinos in the U.S. Census” in How the United States Racializes Latinos: At Home and Abroad. José A. Cobas, Jorge Duany  and Joe R. Feagin, and, Paradigm Publishers, pp. 37-53

2006.     "Latinas in the Film industry, 1911-1995," in Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds, pp. 497-502, 807-808. Indiana University Press.

2005.     "Latinos and the Census," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, eds, pp. 288-293. Scholarly and Professional Reference, Oxford University Press.

2005.     "Forging a New, New York: The Puerto Rican Community, Post-1945," in Boricuas in Gotham: Puerto Ricans in the Making of Modern New York City, Gabriel Haslip-Viera, Angelo Falcón, and Félix Matos Rodríguez, eds, pp. 195-218. Marcus Wiener Publishers,Princeton, NJ.

2004.     reprint of "Placing Race in Context," in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Race and Ethnicity, 5th edition, Raymond D'Angelo and Herbert Douglas, eds, Dushkin/McGraw Hill, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies. [Clara Rodriguez and Hectore Cordero-Guzman, “Placing Race in Context,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 15/4 (1992):523-541,]

2004.     Rodriguez, Clara E., Irma M. Olmedo, and Mariolga Reyes-Cruz. "Deconstructing and contextualizing the historical and social literature on Puerto Ricans." In Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, James A. Banks and Cherry A. McGee Banks, eds, pp. 288-312. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

2004.     Congressional testimony published in U.S. House of Representatives report on "Diversifying Hollywood: Hispanic Representation in the Media," Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Joint Forum of Task Forces on Corporate America, Technology, Telecommunications, and Arts & Entertainment, Forum Report, September 8, 2004, pp. 23-27, 49. Congress of the United States, Washington, DC.

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