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Department ofSociology

Enrique Pumar

Enrique S. Pumar

Fay Boyle Professor and Chair

Ph.D. 1999, Sociology, American University

Enrique Pumar joined the Santa Clara Department of Sociology in 2017. The Fay Boyle University Professor, Pumar is currently affiliated with the Social Mobility Project of the Institute of Public Economics at the University of the Basque Country in Spain and with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. In 2017, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Valladolid in Spain.  In Fall 2017, Pumar was named Visiting Lecturer at the Cultural Institute Felix Varela in La Habana, Cuba, a degree-granting institution sponsored by the Vatican. The author of over 50 publications, he serves in the editorial board of multiple academic journals including Sociological Forum and is the Contributing Editor for Sociology for the Handbook of Latin American Studies published by the Library of Congress. Pumar frequently provides expert analysis of social issues for various media outlets including CNN and Univision. From 2017-2019, Pumar was a Senior Fellow at SCU Center for Arts and Humanities.

Professor Pumar teaches courses in sociological theory, international migration, national development, and comparative sociology.

An avid walker, Enrique and his wife Elizabeth walked El Camino de Santiago and are currently planning another walk for this summer.  In addition, they enjoy reading and classical music.

My research interests comprise the intellectual foundations of national development policies, social mobility among ethnic groups, and the cleavages and solidarity among immigrant communities.

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae

In the News

October 2020

Enrique Pumar was interviewed by Univision to understand the impact of the latest presidential debate.


April 2020

Enrique Pumar was interviewed by Univision about Trump’s visit to the Bay Area sparking protests and about his analysis of the impeachment proceedings.


February 3, 2020

Enrique Pumar was interviewed on CNN Espanol about the political messages behind the Super Bowl’s halftime show. He was also interviewed on Univision about the State of the Union Address.


January 5, 2020

Enrique Pumar spoke to Univision about the risks of Trump’s decision to kill General Soleimani.


November 2019

An article by Enrique S. Pumar on the crises in Latin America was featured on Illuminate, Santa Clara University’s thought leader blog.