My research centers around the idea that immigrants develop portfolios of identities; I suggest that these identities are fluid, situational, and are used instrumentally. My current book manuscript explores these dynamics with a multi-method approach. I use a unique repeated cross-sectional sample survey, taking advantage of the numerous individual observations within a specific cohort and time period. I employ a hierarchical age period cohort analysis (HAPC) in the form of cross-classified models in which observations across the different surveys are nested within time periods and cohorts. The qualitative and quantitative evidence show the way in which Latino immigrants have developed and used these portfolios of identities.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • 2019 ``Estimating Candidate Support in Voting Rights Act Cases: Comparing Iterative EI & EI-RxC Methods” Sociological Methods and Research (with Loren Collingwood, Kassra Oskooii, and Matt Barreto) Accepted for publication - forthcoming

  • 2018 “Direct and Indirect Xenophobic Attacks: Unpacking Portfolios of Identity” - (with Francisco Pedraza and Bryan Wilcox-Archuleta) Political Behavior

  • 2017 “El Peso del Voto Latino en 2016.” Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, Vol. 17: Núm. 1, pp. 11-15

  • 2016 “eiCompare: Comparing ecological inference estimates across EI and EI:RxC.” The R Journal. (with Loren Collingwood, Kassra Oskooii, and Matt Barreto)

  • 2016 “Politicized Immigrant Identity, Spanish Language Media, and Political Mobilization In 2012” in Jones-Correa & McCann (eds.) “Immigrants Inside Politics/Outside Citizenship” The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences (with Matt Barreto)

  • 2014 “Revisiting Latino Voting: Cross-Racial Mobilization in the 2012 Election” Political Research Quarterly. 67:4 (Sep). (with Loren Collingwood and Matt Barreto)

  • 2012 “El poder del Voto Latino en Estados Unidos en 2012” Foreign Affairs Latino América. 12:4 (Nov). (with Matt Barreto)

  • 2011 “The Politics and Policy of the Economic Determinants of Civic Participation on Latino Communities.” Journal of Public Administration and Management, 2011. (with Stephen A. Nuño)

Edited Volume Book Chapters

  • 2012 “Economic Policy Matters: Incentives that Drive Mexicans Northward,” with Kathy Staudt, in Baumann, Mechthild/ Lorenz, Astrid/ Rosenow, Kerstin (eds.) Crossing and Controlling Borders - Immigration Policies and their Impact on Migrants’ Journeys. Germany: Leverkusen-Opladen et al.: Budrich UniPress, 2011, pp. 205-226.

Public Writing

  • “Here’s what the Democrats need to do to get the DREAM Act through Congress” (with Kassra Okooii and Hannah Walker). London School of Economics USAPP Blog
  • “Allies in name only? Latino-only leadership on DACA may trigger implicit racial biases among White liberals” (with Kassra Okooii and Hannah Walker). London School of Economics USAPP Blog
  • “Here’s what the democrats need to do to get the DREAM Act through congress” (with Kassra Okooii and Hannah Walker). London School of Economics USAPP Blog
  • “No, Trump didn’t do surprisingly well among Latino voters: Let’s once and for all dispense with that exit-poll-based fiction” (with Tyler Reny). Daily News - January 2017
  • “Trump’s Future and the Jorge Ramos Effect” Univision - March 2016
  • “Hosting SNL Could Hurt Donald Trump With Voters” TIME - November 2015
  • “The ’Jorge Ramos Effect’ Could Hurt Donald Trump” TIME - August 2015

Articles Under Review and Working Papers

`Comparing the Impacts of Group Position on Vote Choice.” (with Justin Berry and Colin Cepuran) [Revise & Resubmit]

– Con la Ayuda de Dios: A Study of Religion, Identity and Latino Political Participation” with Kiku E Huckle, [Revise and Resubmit - Religion & Politics]

– Perennial and Situational: A Study of Immigrant Identity Formation and Transformation [Under Review]

– Is the Tea Party Splitting [the] Right Down the Middle?” with (with Christopher Parker, Kassra Oskooii, and Christopher Towler) [working paper]

– The DREAM Act Experiment: Exposing Covert Racism amongst White Liberals with Kassra Oskooii [Working Paper]

– Exploring Phone and Internet Survey Mode Effects on Race Sensitive Questions. (with Kassra Oskooii), [Working Paper]

– Threatening America: The Impact of Perceived Discrimination on Latino and Muslim American Political Behavior” with Kassra Okooii, [Working Paper]

Curriculum Vitae

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Cornell Univeristy

2015- Present, Assistant Professor - Government, Latino Studies.


2015 - PhD, University of Washington, Political Science.

  • Sub Fields: American Politics / Race, Ethnicity and Politics / Methodology
  • Committee: Matt Barreto, Luis Fraga, Christopher Parker, Christopher Adolph

2013 - MA, University of Washington, Political Science.

2010 - MA, University of Texas at El Paso, Political Science.

2007 - BBA, BA, University of Texas at El Paso, Economics, Philosophy.

Research Awards and Fellowships

2019 - Institute for the Social Sciences Grant $6,000

2018 - APSA Cenenial Fellowship $2,200

2014 - Center for Social Science Computation and Research Fellowship - $45,000

2014 - Center for Democracy and Voting Rights Fellowship - $5,000

2013 - Center for Democracy and Voting Rights Fellowship - $5,000

2011 - Russell F. Stark Fellowship - $4,000

2010 - Present WISER Survey Research Fellowship -$20,000

2010 - University of Washington, Political Science Summer Fellowship - $4,000

2010 - Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Fellowship - $25,000

2010 - Donald R. Matthews Fellowship, University of Washington - $20,000

Teaching Experience

Cornell Unaiversity

  • GOVT 6029 Advanced Regression Analysis
  • GOVT 4283 Latino Politics as Racial Politics
  • GOVT 4032 Immigration and Politics Research Seminar
  • GOVT 3990 Puzzle Solving with Data

University of Washington

  • POLS 503: Advanced Quantitative Methodology, Teaching Assistant (PhD Level Class)
  • POLS 501: Advanced Research Design and Analysis, Teaching Assistant (PhD Level Class)
  • LAW 554/JSIS: Research Tuturioal (PhD Level Class)
  • POLS 353: U.S. Congress, Teaching Assistant
  • POLS 202: Introduction to American Politics, Teaching Assistant

University of Texas at El Paso

American Government and Politics, Summer 2010, Spring 2010, Lecturer

Research Experience and Statistical Consulting

  • The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) - Consultant – 2014-2015
  • The Washington Poll - Senior Researcher – 2012-2015
  • Center for Democracy and Voting Rights Research - Fellow – 2012-2015
  • Latino Decisions - Senior Researcher – 2012-Present


I teach classes on Latino politics, Immigration, race and etnicity, and political methodology at Cornell University. Find a brief description of the classes and seminars I am currently taching. You can also find the full syllabus following the links to the class website.

Puzzle Solving with Data - GOVT 3990

Course Description

In this class we introduce basic statistical reasoning with an emphasis on problems encountered in social science research. We explore the use of statistical tools to answer scientific research questions, and investigate the pitfalls associated with the misuse of statistics. By the end of the course students will be equipped to take more advanced statistics courses, and better prepared to evaluate quantitative claims made by social scientists and the media. Topics include: measurement and summary of data, exploratory data analysis, commonly-used probability distributions, statistical inference, basic linear regression and data visualization.

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Latino Politcs as Racial Politcs - GOVT 4283

Course Description

This class examines the history and contemporary role of Latinos as a minority group in the U.S. political system. This course is intended as an overview of the political position of Latinos y Latinas in the United States. We place special emphasis on how Latinos became racial group which allows us to focus on political relationships between Latinos and non-Latinos as they relate to political institutions, political parties, voting coalitions, representation and public policy.

Immigration and Politics - GOVT 4032

Course Description

Latinos are a greater presence in American society and political life than ever before. Students in this course will explore themes such as immigration, political incorporation, inter-ethnic relations through both wide-ranging readings and the use of a unique dataset– the 2006 Latino National Survey, a survey of 8,600 Latinos across 15 states, which includes questions ranging from crime and education to transnationalism and discrimination. Students will be expected to learn and use statistical software to conduct preliminary analyses of these data, and to use these data and other resources to explore original research projects. Prior coursework in American politics is recommended; no prior exposure to statistical software required