Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies


Faculty: Andrés Torres

TorresDr. Andrés (Andy) Torres joined the LAPRS department in September 2010 as Distinguished Lecturer. He currently teaches courses on Latin@s in the U.S. and Latino Political Economy.  These classes address the past and present of the Latino condition in the United States.  They are concerned with how Latinos are simultaneously changing and being changed through their interaction with American society.

Dr. Torres has taught in the fields of Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Labor Studies, and Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and his M.A. in economics from N.Y.U.  His undergraduate alma mater is Manhattan College.  He has written extensively on economic and socio-political trends among the various demographic groups that comprise the U.S. economy.  He has addressed public policy issues in the urban context with special reference to African American and Latino populations.

Past publications include Latinos in New England (2006, editor), The Puerto Rican Movement: Voices from the Diaspora (1998, co-editor), Workforce Development: Health Care and Human Services (New England Journal of Public Policy, Special Issue, 1997, co-editor), and Between Melting Pot and Mosaic: African Americans and Puerto Ricans in the New York Political Economy (1995). Most recently Dr. Torres published Signing in Puerto Rican: A Hearing Son and His Deaf Parents ( This is a family memoir based on his experience growing up as part of an extended deaf family.  Sign was his first language. His parents were among the first deaf migrants to come New York City from the Caribbean.  His current research looks at the outmigration of Puerto Ricans from New York City, decades after the Great Migration, and at career advancement options for low-wage health care workers.

In recent years Dr. Torres served as Research Associate and Interim Director at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College ( and as Interim Director for the Latino Faculty Initiative of the City University of New York. Previously, since the 1990s, he was Professor at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, where he also served as Director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy (

Andrés, or “Andy”, as he is known by most acquaintances, was born in the South Bronx and raised in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. Since his student days he has participated in Puerto Rican/Latino political organizing, and in movements for social change, racial and economic justice.  He enjoys taking long walks, listening to music, and reading fiction.  He and his wife of many years, Carmen Vivian Rivera, also enjoy being with the family, including their five grandchildren.


In Memorium: Frank Bonilla, 1925-2010, Latino Studies (2011) Vol. 9, 1-4.

Last modified: Dec 10, 2014

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