Latino Politics | Latino Decisions in the 2016 Election

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM)
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BarretoMatt Barreto is a professor of political science and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA.

Until 2015, he was Professor in Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle, and director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.  His research examines the political participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, and he has taught various courses on racial and ethnic politics, Latino politics, the Voting Rights Act, elections, statistics, and American politics. Most recently. Barreto was co-author (with Christopher Parker) of Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America (Princeton Univ. Press, 2014), and co-author (with Gary Segura) of Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation(Public Affairs, 2014), as well as an author on nearly 50 peer-reviewed research articles. Since 2007, Barreto has also been a co-principal — with Segura — of Latino Decisions, a political polling firm surveying and analyzing the Latino vote, and has been invited several times to the White House to brief senior staff on Latino policy attitudes.

Barreto received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, (Political Science, 2005).

Rep. Cesar Blanco is the Interim Director at the Latino Victory Project. Cesar is also serving his first term as a State Representative for Texas House District 76 in El Paso. He was named by Texas Monthly Magazine as one of the best legislators in Texas. Cesar previously served as Chief of Staff to various members of Congress including: Pete Gallego (TX-23), Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23) and Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18). Cesar has also worked as a Congressional Relations Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and started his career as a Military Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso.

CardonaAileen Cardona-Arroyo is a Post-Doctoral Latino Politics Fellow at the J. G. Tower Center for Political Studies. At SMU, Aileen will be conducting research on Latino politics and immigration, teaching courses on Latino politics and working closely with the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD) in Dallas.

A native of San Juan, PR, Aileen Cardona-Arroyo graduated summa cum laude from the Political Science Department at the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras Campus) in 2009. She then went on to earn an MA in Government from Cornell University in 2013 and in 2016 Aileen will become the first Puerto Rican woman to receive a Ph.D in Government from Cornell University. Her Dissertation, titled Framing Matters: Immigration, the Media and Public Opinion, explores the ways in which media coverage on immigration shapes the American public’s policy attitudes on the issue. In addition to Aileen’s ongoing research on media framing and immigration, she also conducts research on Latino partisanship, political participation and public opinion.

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