Baruch Professor Robert Smith Wins 2007 Park Book Award

Robert C. Smith, an Associate Professor of Public Affairs in Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs (SPA), is the winner of the 2007 Robert E. Park book award for his work, Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants (University of California Press, 2006).

The Park Award is given by the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS) to the author of the best book-length research monograph in community and urban sociology published in the past two years.

Smith is no stranger to accolades for his work: Mexican New York won the 2006 Thomas & Zaniecki Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association. The annual award is given for outstanding social science scholarship in the field of international migration to a book published within the last two years, placing Professor Smith in the top rank of scholars in his field. This year, he received the College’s Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Faculty Scholarship at Baruch’s 42nd commencement. Next year, Smith will participate in the Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars program, which enables scholars to investigate topics in social and behavioral sciences during residency at the foundation’s New York headquarters.

A recognized expert on Mexican-American immigration patterns and issues, Professor Smith has been a featured panelist on “Feet in Two Worlds: Immigrants in the Global City,” a radio documentary on New York’s ethnic communities that aired last year on National Public Radio affiliate WNYC. He is also cited in the New York Times and other publications. At Baruch’s SPA, he teaches PUB 1250: Public Administration in Modern Society, Honors Class: The Peopling of New York, and for the spring 2005 semester he developed PAF 9199: Selected Topic in Public Administration-The Immigrant Experience and American Institutions.

The award will be presented at the 102nd ASA Annual Meeting on August 11, which will be held at the Hilton New York and the Sheraton New York in downtown Manhattan.

Contact: David Birdsell, Dean, Baruch College School of Public Affairs, (646) 660-6700, or Lara Moon, Communications & Marketing, (646) 660-6093.