Félix V. Matos Rodríguez is the sixth President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York. Trained as a social scientist, Dr. Matos Rodríguez previously held leadership positions in foundations, universities, policy centers, and branches of government in which he combined his scholarship with social policy, advocacy, and change. Dr. Matos Rodríguez also served as Secretary of the Department of the Family for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico under the Governorship of Anibal Acevedo Vilá.
Dr. Matos Rodríguez is an alumnus of Yale University, where he graduated cum laude in Latin American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.
While at Hostos, Dr. Matos Rodríguez is on leave from his tenured position as a Professor of Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College of CUNY, where he teaches courses on Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino history. Dr. Matos Rodríguez also served as director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter, which is one of the largest and most important Latino research centers in the United States. He is part of the History Department at CUNY’s Graduate Center.
Dr. Matos Rodríguez has an extensive publication record in the fields of Women’s, Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latino Studies and Migration. He is the author of Women and Urban Life in Nineteenth-century San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1820-1862 (University Presses of Florida, 1999; Marcus Weiner, 2001); co-author of “Pioneros”: Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1896-1948 (Arcadia Publishers, 2001); editor of A Nation of Women, An Early Feminist Speaks Out: Mi opinión sobre las libertades, derechos y deberes de la mujer by Luisa Capetillo (Arte Público Press, 2005); co-editor with Gabriel Haslip Viera et al. of Boricuas in Gotham: Puerto Ricans in the Making of Modern New York City (Marcus Weiner, 2004); co-editor with Matthew C. Gutmann, Lynn Stephen, and Patricia Zavella of Blackwell Reader on The Americas (Blackwell Publishers, 2003); and co-editor of Puerto Rican Women’s History: New Perspectives (M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 1998).
Dr. Matos Rodríguez is a current Board Member of the American Council on Education (ACE); the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); the Bronx Chamber of Commerce; the New York Association of Community College Presidents; and FedCap. He is also part of HACU’s International Education Commission and the Achieving the Dream Institutional Change Advisory Committee.