Bryce-Laporte attended the University of Panama, earning an associate"s degree, before earning bachelor"s and master"s degrees from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and studying at the University of Puerto Rico. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology at University of California, Los Los Angeles
He taught at Hunter College at City University of New York and then at Yale, before becoming the founding director of Yale"s department of African-American studies, established in 1969. The Yale department"s approach to African-American studies, and Bryce-Laporte"s as well, centered not just on African-American history in the United States but on African experience in the entire Western hemisphere (the hemispheric studies approach) and what has come to be called the African diaspora. Bryce-Laporte"s research centered on the experiences of Black immigrants in the United States.
After Yale, Bryce-Laporte taught at a variety of institutions including College of Staten Island at City University of New York, Syracuse University, Catholic University of America, Howard University, University of Pennsylvania, and Colorado College.
He was the founding director of Smithsonian Institution"s Research Institute on Immigration and Ethnic Studies. In 1989 Bryce-Laporte joined the faculty at Colgate University as John Doctorate. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and director of its Africana and Latin American studies program
1986, curator, "Give Maine Your Tired, Your Poor..?", first shown at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library ((exhibition on black voluntary immigration to the United States, in observance of the centennial of the Statue of Liberty
Bryce-Laporte, "Black Immigrants: The Experience of Invisibility and Inequality", Journal of Black Studies, v.3, pp. 20–56 (1972)
Testimony on Immigration before the United States House Select Committee on Population (1978)
Testimony on the Immigration Reform and Control Acting of 1982, before the United States House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, Subcommittee on Census and Population (1983).