M.A., Northwestern University
Paul Cuadros is an associate professor with special interests in issues involving race and poverty and demographic change. He joined the school in 2007.
He is an award-winning investigative reporter and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Center for Public Integrity, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine, Salon.com, The Chicago Reporter and other national and local publications. He is a co-recipient of the 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Team Award, for his contribution to the radio series: "North Carolina Voices, Understanding Poverty," WUNC-FM. The duPont award is recognized as the equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize in broadcast journalism.
In 1999, Cuadros won a fellowship with the Alicia Patterson Foundation, sponsored by New York Newsday, to report on emerging Latino communities in rural poultry-processing towns in the South. The Alicia Patterson Fellowship is considered one of the most prestigious fellowships in journalism. The culmination of his reporting was his book, "A Home on the Field, How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America," (Harpers Collins), which tells the story of Siler City, N.C., as it copes and struggles with Latino immigration through the lives of a predominantly Latino high school soccer team.
In 2009, "A Home on the Field" was selected as summer reading at UNC-Chapel Hill. The book has been selected as summer reading at several other universities in North Carolina and beyond. He is the only faculty member at the university to have his book selected as summer reading.
Cuadros is a strong advocate for engaged academic research having an impact on local communities. He serves as the Chair and Executive Director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative, a three-year mentoring and college preparatory program between UNC students and Latino high school students. The Initiative, housed at the Center for Global Initiatives, serves six state high schools and has helped more than 150 Latino students graduate from high school and be accepted to college. The Initiative is considered to be the premier mentor program in the state for Latino high school students.
Cuadros is the co-founder of the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, which is the Latino educational and cultural center at UNC. And he is also co-founder of the Latina/o Caucus, a university coalition of faculty and staff on campus that advocates for Latino interests at the university.
Cuadros is currently involved in a feature documentary film based in part on his book called "Los Jets!" funded by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., a company owned by film star Jennifer Lopez. The film is also part of a television series for NUVO-TV, a cable channel also owned by Lopez. Cuadros is consulting on a feature-length movie more closely based on "A Home on the Field."
Cuadros continues to write about immigration and the Latino community and is currently working on another book about the Latino community in the American South.
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