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Associate Professor of Government and Politics and Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, University of Maryland

My research and teaching interests focus on Latino politics, minority politics, Millennial politics, state politics, and immigration. I am the author of two books: Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which was voted as one of the best political science books of 2013 by The Huffington Post; The Politics of Millennials: Political Beliefs and Policy Preferences of America’s Most Diverse Generation (co-authored with Ashley Ross) (University of Michigan Press, 2018), which is now available. I have published articles on group dynamics and cosponsorship, religion and ethno-racial political attitudes, Latino representation and education, and Millennials and immigration.

My research has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. I have presented my work at such forums as the Brookings Institute, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. I have also written for such media and scholarly outlets as Reuters, NBC News, and Scholars Strategy Network.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Public Fellow, Public Religion Research Institute, University of Maryland


  • 2008 
    Louisiana State University, Ph.D. Political Science