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Department ofSociology

Enrique Pumar

Enrique Pumar
Enrique S. Pumar
Fay Boyle Professor

Ph.D. 1999, Sociology, American University

Enrique S. Pumar joined the Santa Clara Department of Sociology in 2017 as Fay Boyle University Professor. Pumar is currently affiliated 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 and 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 recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Sustainability and is currently working on a special issue of Sociology of Development journal.

He serves on the editorial board of multiple academic journals including Sociological Forum, Contemporary Sociology, and Sociology of Development 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, Telemundo, and Univision. He chairs the Sociology of Development Section (2021-2023) and is a member of the Program Reviewers and Consultant Group, both at the American Sociological Association.

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. In addition, they enjoy reading and classical music. His research interests comprise the intellectual foundations of national development policies, social mobility among ethnic groups, and the cleavages and solidarity among immigrant communities.

Professor Pumar is on academic leave to serve as Program Director in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation.

Curriculum vitae
In the News

November 16, 2022

Enrique Pumar spoke to KDTV Univision about the important decision of appointing San Francisco's new District Attorney.

November 16, 2022

Enrique Pumar spoke to KDTV Univision about the decision that will impact the future of the city when San Jose voters elect their next mayor on November 8. Also interviewed for a Nov. 8 story on elections.

January 2020

Enrique Pumar explained the political steps and processes of impeachment on Univision 14. Also Univision impeachmentCongressional actions, and more.