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Professor of Government and Politics and Director of the Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement, 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 three 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), and Citizens of the World: Political Engagement and Policy Attitudes of Millennials across the Globe (forthcoming in fall 2022). I have published articles on how generational and ethnic identities influence climate change beliefs, the effect of electoral structures on African American representation, religion and ethno-racial political attitudes, and Latino representation and education.

My research has been funded by the Ford Foundation , The Russell Sage 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 The Washington Post, The Hill, Reuters, NBC News, Scholars Strategy Network, and The Brookings Institute.


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


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