Rodriguez, Clara E. 1944-
RODRIGUEZ, Clara E. 1944-
PERSONAL: Born March 29, 1944, in New York, NY; daughter of Angelo M. and Clara G.(maiden name, Perez); married Gelvin Stevenson, (an economist/writer) June 7, 1969; children: Gelvina, Jose Angel Stevenson-Rodriguez. Ethnicity: "Puerto Rican." Education: City College of the City University of New York, B.A.; Cornell University, M.A.; Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Ph.D. Religion: Roman Catholic.
ADDRESSES: Home—2160 Bolton St., No. 3-B, Bronx, NY 10462. Office—Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Fordham University, 113 West 60th St., New York, NY 10023. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Centro Colombo-Americano, Cali, Colombia, instructor in English as a second language, 1965; New York Urban Coalition, New York, NY, staff associate in housing, 1969; Washington University, St. Louis, MO, instructor, 1970-71; Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY, research associate at Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, 1973; Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, Bronx, NY, head of department of Puerto Rican studies and associate of sociology department, 1974-76; Fordham University, Bronx, NY, dean of general studies and project director for Pre-Health Professions Program, 1976-81; Fordham University, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, New York, NY, professor of social sciences, 1981—, member of university executive board, 1981, member of executive committee of Latin American and Latino Studies Institute, 1997—, founder of Angelo Rodriguez Memorial Trust Fund, 1990. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visiting scholar in urban studies and planning, 1987-88; Yale University, visiting fellow in American studies, 1992; Russell Sage Foundation, visiting scholar, 1993-94; Smithsonian Institution, senior fellow at National Museum of American History, 1998. Columbia University, guest lecturer, 1992, visiting professor, 1999; Rollins College, Alfred J. Hanna Distinguished Lecturer, 1993; guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities, including Queens College of the City University of New York and John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, 1991, Harvard University, 1991 and 1992, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and Bryn Mawr College, all 1993, and Universidad de Talca, Simmons College, University of Massachusetts—Boston, University of Groningen, University of Tübingen, and Wesleyan University, all 1998. Cornell University, founding member of Puerto Rican Research Exchange, School of Industrial Labor Relations, 1984—. Coordinator of an illiteracy program in Cali, 1965-66; Grass Roots Organization, founding member and member of board of directors of Youth Program and Summer Day Care Center, 1973-77; Aspira of America, member of educational advisory board, 1975-79; Puerto Rican Migration Consortium, founding member and member of board of directors, 1977-80; Center for Latino Family Policy, member of advisory council of Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, 1993—; New York State Economic Policy Research Council, member of coordinating committee; consultant to National Council of La Raza, Children's Television Workshop, Prescriptives Cosmetic Co., and National Puerto Rican Coalition. Bronx Museum of the Arts, member of board of trustees, 1977-80. Tremont Towers Tenants Association, organizer and president, 1973-80; Five Borough Institute, member of advisors, 1998—.
MEMBER: American Sociological Association (member of council, section on racial and ethnic minorities, 1988-91), American Anthropological Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Public Health Association, Association for Public Policy and Management, Latin American Studies Association, Population Association of America, Sociologists for Women in Society, Union for Radical Political Economics, Eastern Sociological Society.
AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from National Institutes of Health, 1978-81, and Calder Foundation, 1979; Rockefeller fellow, 1988-89; grants from Ford Foundation, 1987, and Social Science Research Council 1988; American Sociological Association, grant, 1988, award for distinguished contribution to research, 2001; Star Award, New York Women's Agenda, 1992; Leadership in Educational Excellence Award, National Society of Hispanic M.B.A.s, 1995; Distinguished Prize in Social Sciences, Instituto de Puerto Rico, New York City, 1997; designated Centennial Historian of the City of New York, 1999.
(Editor, with Virginia Sanchez Korrol and Oscar Alers) The Puerto Rican Struggle: Essays on Survival in the United States, Puerto Rican Migration Consortium, 1979.
Puerto Ricans: Born in the USA, Unwin & Hyman (Boston, MA), 1989.
(Editor, with Edwin Melendez and Janice Barry-Figueroa, and contributor) Hispanics in the Labor Force: Issues and Policies, Plenum (New York, NY), 1991.
(Editor, with Virginia Sanchez Korrol) Historical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Survival in the United States, Markus Wiener (Princeton, NJ), 1996.
Latin Looks: Latina and Latino Images in the Media, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 1997.
Changing Race: The Latinos, the Census, and the History of Ethnicity in the United States, New York University Press (New York, NY), 2000.
Also author of a book on Latinos in Hollywood, published by Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), 2003. Contributor to books, including From Different Shores, edited by Ronald Takaki, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1994; Boricuas: Influential Puerto Rican Writings—An Anthology, edited by Roberto Santiago, Ballantine (New York, NY), 1995; Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition, edited by G. Haslip-Viera and S. Baver, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, IN), 1996; The Latino Experience in the United States, edited by Mary Romero, Pierette Hondagneu-Sotelo, and Vilma Ortiz, Routledge (New York, NY), 1997; and "Adiós, Borinquen querida": The Puerto Rican Diaspora, CELAC, State University of New York—Albany (Albany, NY), 2000. Contributor of articles and reviews to academic journals and newspapers, including Social Science Quarterly, American Quarterly, Women's Studies Quarterly, Ethnicity, Urban Review, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. Coeditor of special issue, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 1992; founding member of editorial board, Latino Studies Journal; advisory editor, Gender and Society.
SIDELIGHTS: Clara E. Rodriguez once told CA: "I write because I feel there are stories to be told and views to be expressed that are not present when I read what I read. I write so that those who are 'missing' can connect with my work and create the bridges that others will follow and cross many times in many different directions.
"I am influenced by my experiences in life. These include my experiences of others' experiences, whether they are personal and direct or mediated through art, media, writing, or 'history telling.' Sometimes I feel strongly and begin to write. This is often when I write my best. At other times, I think and then write. Still other times, I write because this is what is needed. Usually, though, I feel strongly about what I write regardless of how I got there."