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Alex and Carol Stepick Collection

Identifier: SPC6015

Scope and Contents

The Alex and Carol Stepick Collection consists of materials depicting the plight of the Cuban and Haitian refugees in the 1980s in Miami, Florida. The documents detail the treatment of refugees once on American soil and the condition in the countries they were escaping from; highlighting the contrasting experiences of Cuban and Haitian refugees. The collection demonstrates the work of Dr. Alex Stepick, Florida International University Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, in emphasizing the refugee situation on a local and national level. Materials also detail political lobbying on behalf of the Haitian refugees, and increasing awareness of their situation. The collection contains scholarly research, studies, and publications relating to the Cuban and Haitian refugees. The collection includes census-related materials, congressional records, economic reports, letters, newspaper articles, political materials, press releases, professional publications, research notes, surveys, etc.


  • Created: 1976 - 2003
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1981-1998
  • Other: Date acquired: 2012


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. No part of the materials protected by copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any form, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are required to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce and/or publish materials, in accordance with United States copyright law.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Alex Stepick was Director of the Immigration and Ethnicity Institute and Professor of Anthropology & Sociology at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. Dr. Stepick received his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. in Social Sciences at the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Stepick first came to FIU in 1981 and witnessed the influx of Haitian and Cuban refugees in Miami in the 1980s. Dr. Stepick was active in researching and lobbying for Haitian refugee rights, and increasing awareness about their situation and living conditions. Dr. Stepick has since been conducting research on the impact of immigration in Miami for the past twenty years. His co-authored book focusing on Miami, City on the Edge, has won the Robert Park Award for the best book in Urban Sociology and the Anthony Leeds Award for the best book in Urban Anthropology. Dr. Stepick was also granted the Margaret Mead Award by the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology for his work with Haitian refugees. Dr. Stepick continues to be a dominant figure in his field. He recently served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Immigrant Children and Health the Cultural Anthropology Panel of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Stepick has also testified before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee Affairs and his work has been used by the British House of Commons. For more information, please visit

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged into ten series: 1. Awards and Grants, 2. Miami, 3. National Immigration Politics and Awareness, 4. News Articles, 5. Notebooks, 6. Portes Publications, 7. Research-related Publications, 8. Stepick Publications, 9. University Publications and Studies, and 10. General. Each series is further divided in subseries, and are arranged either alphabetically or chronologically, depending on content. Each series will have a corresponding note on its arrangement.

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Source of Acquisition

Alex Stepick

Method of Acquisition


Alex and Carol Stepick Collection
Miriam Kashem
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Repository Details

Part of the Florida International University Repository

Green Library
11200 SW 8th Street, GL 422
Miami FL 33199 US