Lecture Series

Sociology Annual Lecture Series

Department of Sociology Annual Lecture Series

Reflections of an Accidental Sociologist

A talk by Rubén G. Rumbaut

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
2-4 p.m.
Via Zoom

The Department of Sociology invites you to the inaugural lecture series event with Rubén G. Rumbaut, Ph.D., distinguished professor of sociology, University of California, Irvine. Sociology scholarship recipients will be presented as well.

About Rumbaut


Rumbaut first came to San Diego as a student in the summer of 1968, to participate in a regional project directed by an SDSU sociologist — which proved a turning point — and returned as an SDSU graduate student from 1969-71.

In San Diego he carried out studies of the police in the 1970s (which formed the basis of his doctoral dissertation), and of Southeast Asian refugees in the 1980s, during years of a “new immigration” which saw an extraordinary demographic transformation of California.

Since 1991 he has directed the landmark Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS), originally based in the SDSU Department of Sociology, which has followed the trajectories of a multiethnic representative sample from mid adolescence to middle adulthood, and which will form the focus of the second half of this inaugural talk.


Interview with Rubén Rumbaut, sociology professor
UCI, School of Social Sciences 

AERA 2017: WAllace Foundation Distinguished Lecture: Rubén Rumbaut
American Educational Research Association

Read and Listen

Snapshots of a Researcher’s Life: Rubén G. Rumbaut” 
Inter-Univesrity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)


Feliciano, Cynthia and Rubén G. Rumbaut. 2020. “Coming of Age before the Great Expulsion: The Story of the CILS-San Diego Sample 25 Years Later” Ethnic and Racial Studies 43(1): 199-217. 

The event is cosponsored with the Department of Chicano and Chicana Studies and Department of Political Science.