UTSA's Rogelio Saenz receives American Sociological Association award

Rogelio Saenz

Rogelio Saenz

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(Aug. 20, 2013) -- Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy, recently was chosen as the recipient of the American Sociological Association Latina/o Sociology Section Founders Award. Saenz received the award at the joint reception of the Latina/o Sociology, Race and Ethnic Minorities and Asia and Asian Americans sections at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in New York City last week.

The ASA Latina/o Sociology Section presented the award to Saenz in recognition of outstanding contributions over his career to the ASA through service, mentoring and research activities.

"Dean Saenz has demonstrated to have given time and energy to strengthen the visibility and status of the section and mentored numerous students," said Ed Munoz, chair of the ASA Latina/o Sociology Section. "Furthermore, Dean Saenz is a recognized leader in the section and the association. He has an impressive record of research that has made an impact in the overall field of sociology."

Saenz grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in Mercedes, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in social work and sociology from Pan American University (now UT-Pan American). He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Iowa State University.

Before coming to UTSA, Saenz was a professor and department head in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. He was a Carsey Policy Fellow at the University of New Hampshire Carsey Institute. Saenz is chair of the executive council of the Inter-University Consortium for the Study of Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.

He joined UTSA in 2011 as the dean of the College of Public Policy. Saenz has published extensively in the areas of demography, Latina/os, race and ethnicity, immigration and inequality. He is the co-author of "Latino Issues: A Reference Handbook," published in 2011, and co-editor of "Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of America," published in 2008.