Dr. Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from The University of Chicago is a Professor at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also a Professor in the Ph.D. Programs in Sociology and in Urban Education at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and University Center. Prior to joining The School of Public Affairs at CUNY, Dr. Cordero-Guzman was a Program Officer in the Economic Development and the Quality Employment Units of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at The Ford Foundation.
Between 2002 and 2007, Dr. Cordero-Guzman was a Professor and the Chair of the Black and Hispanic Studies Department at Baruch College of the City University of New York where he was responsible for managing and overseeing the work in Black and Hispanic Studies. Before joining the faculty at Baruch College of the City University of New York, Dr. Cordero-Guzman spent six years as an Assistant Professor at the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research where he taught a range of graduate courses in statistics, research methods, and social welfare policy. He also worked as the Research Director for Political Economy at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York, the largest Latino focused research center in the eastern United States and was an adjunct instructor in Latin American Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Over his career, Dr. Cordero-Guzman has collaborated and worked as a consultant to many government, research, and community based organizations including: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ASPE and OCS), U.S. Department of Labor (ETA, OSHA, OASP), The U.S. Department of Education, The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, The Surdna Foundation, The New World Foundation, The College Board's National Task Force on Minority High Achievement, The New York State Attorney General's Office (Civil Rights Division), New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, The Economic Development Assistance Consortium (EDAC), Fundacion Chana Goldstein and Samuel Levis, The Urban Institute, FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), Red Internacional de Migracion y Desarrollo, The Hispanic Federation, The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SOBRO), Sunnyside Community Services, The Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, and a variety of other groups and organizations. Currently, Dr. Cordero-Guzman is a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Technical Working Group on Family Self-Sufficiency; the Hispanic Research Advisory Group, and the Technical Working Group of the Self-Sufficiency Research ClearingHouse (SSRC).
Dr. Cordero-Guzman has published his academic research on issues related to education, employment, poverty, race and inequality, non-profit organizations, international migration, transnational processes, economic development, and social welfare policy in American Behavioral Scientist, The Journal of Small Business Management, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Racial and Ethnic Studies, International Migration, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social Forces, Diaspora, The Review of Black Political Economy, Migration World and in a number of other volumes. Dr. Cordero-Guzman is also the editor of Migration, Transnationalization and Race in a Changing New York (with Dr. Ramon Grosfoguel and Dr. Robert Smith) and was involved in drafting a report for The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans on community based services and programs that focus on Latino youth entitled What Works for Latino Youth.
Dr. Cordero-Guzman has served on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations including ACCION-New York, the largest micro-lending organization in the United States; the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), the oldest and largest anti-poverty group in New York City; the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), a federally chartered multi-million dollar economic development initiative; St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction, one of the largest and oldest needle exchange programs in New York City; El Barrio Popular Education Program, an adult education program; and is on the advisory board of New York City’s Young Men Initiative (YMI). Currently, Dr. Cordero-Guzman serves on the Board of Director of the Association for Research of Non Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), a professional association; The Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC; The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance; and El Museo Del Barrio, the largest Puerto Rican\Latino Museum in the United States.
Dr. Cordero-Guzman lives in East Harlem, New York.