Cover: Learning a New Land in PAPERBACK

Learning a New Land

Immigrant Students in American Society

Add to Cart

Product Details


$25.00 • £20.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674045804

Publication Date: 09/01/2010

Academic Trade

440 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

14 line illustrations, 13 tables

Belknap Press


[Learning a New Land] examines how the children of immigrants are doing in American schools. It’s a discouraging picture, and should be a wake-up call to anyone who cares about education.—Josh Green, The San Francisco Chronicle

This book offers the results of a five-year study that followed 400 children from China, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, all newly arrived in the United States. These kids’ struggles are so poignant. The statistics are amazing, too: One of every five children in America is the child of an immigrant, and one in five immigrant children has only one native English-speaking friend.—Nell Casey, Cookie

In the fierce national debate about immigration, too many ignore the millions of children trying to find their way in a society that wants their parents’ work, does not want to give them rights, but expects them to meet intense academic demands in a language they don’t command, in communities from which their families may be expelled. The Suárez-Orozcos’ remarkable study of immigrant students on both coasts challenges us to think about the consequences and to help these children realize their potential.—Gary Orfield, Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, University of California, Los Angeles

This is a compelling report on a groundbreaking study of immigrant adaptation to America. The authors offer a comprehensive overview of the possibilities and challenges immigrant children face in public schools, and make a strong case for practical strategies and new policies to enable them to become successful students and citizens. This is a must-read for teachers, policymakers, and educators who are invested in the future of our nation’s increasingly multicultural schools.—Kathleen McCartney, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: The Strategy of Conflict, by Thomas C. Schelling, from Harvard University Press

Schelling the Trailblazer

Books influence us in untold ways, and the ones that influence us the most are often read in childhood. Harvard University Press Senior Editor Julia Kirby is reminded of this on the anniversary of the birth of one of this country’s most celebrated economists. This month would have brought Thomas Schelling’s one-hundredth birthday—and he got closer to seeing it than many mortals. The Nobel laureate economist died just five years ago, after a brilliant career as both a scholar and an advisor to US foreign policy strategists. What better day to dip into his classic work