David L. Leal


Faculty Research AssociatePh.D., Harvard University

Professor of Government
David L. Leal

Contact

  • Phone: 512.471.1343
  • Office: BAT 3.140
  • Office Hours: T, TH 1:30 - 3:00 PM
  • Campus Mail Code: A1800

Interests


Latino Politics and Policy

Biography


• Fellow of the Patterson-Banister Chair (2014-)
• Politics Group Visitor, Nuffield College, University of Oxford (May 31-June 10, 2016)
• Associate Member, Nuffield College, University of Oxford (Trinity Term, 2015)
• Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer (Japan; July, 2014)

I have been a professor at the University of Texas at Austin since 2002. My primary academic interests are Latino politics and policy, and I have taught classes such as Latino Politics, Mexican American Public Policy Studies, Politics and Religion, and the U.S. Congress. 

I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998, and from 1998-99 I was an APSA Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC, working in the office of a U.S. senator. In 2013 I was named a Distinguished Alumni Scholar by Stanford University, where I received my undergraduate degree.  

Research Interests
My Latino politics research spans the fields of political behavior, public policy, and public opinion. In addition, my work incorporates insights from disciplines such as sociology, economics, ethnic studies, and religious studies.

My research has anticipated themes that have become important to both social science and the ‘real world’ of politics.  For instance, in the 1990s, I began researching how religion shapes political engagement, the political participation of non-citizens, the complexities of ethnic identity, and how veterans engage in politics.  Today, I continue to work on questions involving Latino political behavior and opinion, the politics of migration, religion and politics, and the military and society. 

Google Scholar Citations

Activities
• Director, Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, University of Texas at Austin
• Founding Director, Immigration Studies Initiative, University of Texas at Austin
• Book Series Editor: “Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy.” Springer
• Member, Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly and Education Next
• In the media: Monkey Cage/Washington Post ("Recent Veterans are More Republican than Older Ones. Why?"), NBC Latino ("Entering College? Latino Professors Share Some Great Advice"), and New York Times (“Room for Debate: Why Congress Falters on Immigration”)
• 2006-2008: Member, American Political Science Association (APSA) Task Force on Religion and Democracy in the United States
• 2002-2004: National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow

Courses


GOV 310L • American Government

38330 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM GAR 0.102

This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

MAS 374 • Latino Politics

36040 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM GAR 0.102
(also listed as GOV 370K, LAS 337M)

Course Description:

This course will introduce you to the political experiences of the United States Latino populations in the present and historically.  The course begins with a discussion of political identity: what does it mean to be Latino, Hispanic, or Chicano, and what are the politically relevant commonalities and differences in Latino communities.  We then discuss Latino political history, starting with the Spanish empire but focusing particularly on the 19th and 20th centuries in Texas and the southwest.  In doing so, we will study Latino political movements, organizations, and important individuals.  Moving to recent decades, the class examines Latino inputs into the American political system – particularly public opinion, voting, and the role of gender in politics.  The class also discusses the two largest non-Mexican national-origin groups in the U.S.: Puerto Ricans and Cuban Americans.  We then explore the growing voice of Latinos in political institutions, such as the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.  Lastly, the class covers key policy issues for Latino communities, particularly education and immigration.   

Grading Policy:

Midterm: 30% 

Final: 40% 

Writing assignment: 20% 

Class participation and engagement: 10%   

Texts:

Garcia, F. Chris, and Gabriel Sanchez. 2007. Hispanics and the U.S. Political System: Moving Into the Mainstream. New York: Prentice Hall.  ?

Gutierrez, David. 1995. Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Coursepack 

Flag: Cultural Diversity

GOV 310L • American Government

37710 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.130

 

Course Description

 

This course will introduce you to the government and politics of the United States and Texas.  We will cover U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.  The class begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the adoption of the Constitution, the development of democracy, and the importance of federalism.  The class then examines public input into the political system, particularly public opinion, individual and group participation, and the political parties.  Public input is nowhere better found than in congressional and presidential elections, which are separately discussed.  In fact, the main textbook of the class argues that American government can only be fully understood by studying the central role of elections. We then explore the basic institutional building blocks of government – the Congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and courts, as well as the media.  We continue by discussing fundamental civil liberties and civil rights, followed by the key policy issues that face national, state, and local governments today.  The class will also cover the central features of Texas government and politics and make frequent comparisons between American government and Texas government. 

 

Grading Policy

 

First midterm: 30%

Second midterm: 32%

Third exam: 33%. 

Essay: 5%

 

Texts

 

Morris P. Fiorina, Paul E. Peterson, Bertram Johnson, and William G. Mayer.  The New American Democracy (either 7th edition, 2011, or the most recent version).

GOV 384M • Public Policy Clinic

38145 • Spring 2016
Meets T 12:30PM-3:30PM BAT 1.104

For GOV 384M, Public Policy Clinic:

 

a)  Prerequisites

 

This is a graduate-level course for the Graduate Research Assistants of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government.

 

b)   Course Description

 

This is a graduate-level course for the Graduate Research Assistants of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government.  The first core component of the class is for the students to engage in supervised research activities throughout the semester.  These assignments will relate to the Public Policy focus of the Institute, and students will thereby enhance their scholarly knowledge of Public Policy fields as well as related Government topics.  The class will study subjects with both scholarly and practical implications.  The research projects will involve students working either individually or as a group, and the students will also have the opportunity to advance their methodological and research skills.  Second, the students will individually present their research findings on two class days.  The class and instructor will discuss these projects and presentations as well as methodological issues, related research, publication opportunities, and future research directions.  The students will sign up for presentation times at the beginning of the semester.  These presentations, as well as related discussion and group activities, will constitute the content of the fifteen class meetings.

 

c)    Grading Policy

The students will receive a grade of credit or no credit – there is no letter grade option.  Grades are based on satisfactory participation in the seminar and satisfactory performance of research assignments.

 

d)   Texts

 

None

GOV 310L • American Government

37614 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 0.102

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the government and politics of the United States and Texas.  We will cover U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.  The class begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the adoption of the Constitution, the development of democracy, and the importance of federalism.  The class then examines public input into the political system, particularly public opinion, individual and group participation, and the political parties.  Public input is nowhere better found than in congressional and presidential elections, which are separately discussed.  In fact, the main textbook of the class argues that American government can only be fully understood by studying the central role of elections. We then explore the basic institutional building blocks of government – the Congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and courts, as well as the media.  We continue by discussing fundamental civil liberties and civil rights, followed by the key policy issues that face national, state, and local governments today.  The class will also cover the central features of Texas government and politics and make frequent comparisons between American government and Texas government. 

 

Grading Policy

First midterm: 30%

Second midterm: 32%

Third exam: 33%. 

Essay: 5%

 

Texts

Morris P. Fiorina, Paul E. Peterson, Bertram Johnson, and William G. Mayer.  The New American Democracy (either 7th edition, 2011, or the most recent version).

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

37855 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 420

Course Description

 

This course will examine what one scholar called the “keystone” of the Washington establishment – the U.S. Congress.  It is the first branch of government established by the Constitution (in Article I), and little in the world of national policymaking can be accomplished without it.  While public opinion of Congress is often low, this institution is the oldest popularly-elected legislative body in the world.  The course begins with a study of the political history of Congress – its creation, how it evolved over time, and how it reached its current configuration.  Because procedures matter, the formal and informal rules of Congress and the committee system will be discussed.  The course will also explore congressional elections, the motivations and behaviors of members of Congress, lobbying, congressional leadership, reapportionment and gerrymandering, and the role of political parties.  Congressional interactions with other branches of government, especially the presidency, will be covered.  In addition, the many differences between the House and Senate will be explored.

 

Grading Policy

 

Exam #1 (20% of course grade)

 

Exam #2 (30% of course grade)

 

Exam #3 (30% of course grade)

 

Book review (20% of course grade)

 

Texts

 

Roger H. Davidson, Walter J. Oleszek, and Frances E. Lee. Congress and Its Members, 14th edition. Congressional Quarterly Press.

 

Walter J. Oleszek. Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, 9th edition. Congressional Quarterly Press.

 

Ross Baker. House and Senate. Norton, 4th edition.

 

Course pack

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

38075 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 0.102

Course Description

 

This course will examine what one scholar called the “keystone” of the Washington establishment – the U.S. Congress.  It is the first branch of government established by the Constitution (in Article I), and little in the world of national policymaking can be accomplished without it.  While public opinion of Congress is often low, this institution is the oldest popularly-elected legislative body in the world.  The course begins with a study of the political history of Congress – its creation, how it evolved over time, and how it reached its current configuration.  Because procedures matter, the formal and informal rules of Congress and the committee system will be discussed.  The course will also explore congressional elections, the motivations and behaviors of members of Congress, lobbying, congressional leadership, reapportionment and gerrymandering, and the role of political parties.  Congressional interactions with other branches of government, especially the presidency, will be covered.  In addition, the many differences between the House and Senate will be explored.

 

Grading Policy

 

Exam #1 (20% of course grade)

 

Exam #2 (30% of course grade)

 

Exam #3 (30% of course grade)

 

Book review (20% of course grade)

 

Texts

 

Roger H. Davidson, Walter J. Oleszek, and Frances E. Lee. Congress and Its Members, 14th edition. Congressional Quarterly Press.

 

Walter J. Oleszek. Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, 9th edition. Congressional Quarterly Press.

 

Ross Baker. House and Senate. Norton, 4th edition.

 

Course pack

GOV 384M • Public Policy Clinic

38140 • Spring 2015
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM BEN 1.118

a)  Prerequisites

 

This is a graduate-level course for the Graduate Research Assistants of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government.

 

b)   Course Description

 

This is a graduate-level course for the Graduate Research Assistants of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government.  The first core component of the class is for the students to engage in supervised research activities throughout the semester.  These assignments will relate to the Public Policy focus of the Institute, and students will thereby enhance their scholarly knowledge of Public Policy fields as well as related Government topics.  The class will study subjects with both scholarly and practical implications.  The research projects will involve students working either individually or as a group, and the students will also have the opportunity to advance their methodological and research skills.  Second, the students will individually present their research findings on two class days.  The class and instructor will discuss these projects and presentations as well as methodological issues, related research, publication opportunities, and future research directions.  The students will sign up for presentation times at the beginning of the semester.  These presentations, as well as related discussion and group activities, will constitute the content of the fifteen class meetings.

 

c)    Grading Policy

The students will receive a grade of credit or no credit – there is no letter grade option.  Grades are based on satisfactory participation in the seminar and satisfactory performance of research assignments.

 

d)   Texts

 

None

GOV 310L • American Government

38700 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAI 3.02

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the government and politics of the United States and Texas.  We will cover U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.  The class begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the adoption of the Constitution, the development of democracy, and the importance of federalism.  The class then examines public input into the political system, particularly public opinion, individual and group participation, and the political parties.  Public input is nowhere better found than in congressional and presidential elections, which are separately discussed.  In fact, the main textbook of the class argues that American government can only be fully understood by studying the central role of elections. We then explore the basic institutional building blocks of government – the Congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and courts, as well as the media.  We continue by discussing fundamental civil liberties and civil rights, followed by the key policy issues that face national, state, and local governments today.  The class will also cover the central features of Texas government and politics and make frequent comparisons between American government and Texas government. 

 

Grading Policy

First midterm: 30%

Second midterm: 32%

Third exam: 33%. 

Essay: 5%

 

Texts

Morris P. Fiorina, Paul E. Peterson, Bertram Johnson, and William G. Mayer.  The New American Democracy (either 7th edition, 2011, or the most recent version).

 

MAS 374 • Latino Politics

36460 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.130
(also listed as GOV 370K, LAS 337M)

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the political experiences of the United States Latino populations in the present and historically.  The course begins with a discussion of political identity: what does it mean to be Latino, Hispanic, or Chicano, and what are the politically relevant commonalities and differences in Latino communities.  We then discuss Latino political history, starting with the Spanish empire but focusing particularly on the 19th and 20th centuries in Texas and the southwest.  In doing so, we will study Latino political movements, organizations, and important individuals.  Moving to recent decades, the class examines Latino inputs into the American political system – particularly public opinion, voting, and the role of gender in politics.  The class also discusses the two largest non-Mexican national-origin groups in the U.S.: Puerto Ricans and Cuban Americans.  We then explore the growing voice of Latinos in political institutions, such as the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.  Lastly, the class covers key policy issues for Latino communities, particularly education and immigration. 

 

Grading Policy

Midterm: 30%

Final: 40%

Writing assignment: 20%

Class participation and engagement: 10%

 

Texts

-Garcia, F. Chris, and Gabriel Sanchez. 2007. Hispanics and the U.S. Political System: Moving Into the Mainstream. New York: Prentice Hall.

 ?-Gutierrez, David. 1995. Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press.

-Coursepack

 

Flag: Cultural Diversity

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

39350 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 0.102

Course Description

This course will examine what one scholar called the “keystone” of the Washington establishment – the U.S. Congress.  It is the first branch of government established by the Constitution (in Article I), and little in the world of national policymaking can be accomplished without it.  While public opinion of Congress is often low, this institution is the oldest popularly-elected legislative body in the world.  The course begins with a study of the political history of Congress – its creation, how it evolved over time, and how it reached its current configuration.  Because procedures matter, the formal and informal rules of Congress and the committee system will be discussed.  The course will also explore congressional elections, the motivations and behaviors of members of Congress, lobbying, congressional leadership, reapportionment and gerrymandering, and the role of political parties.  Congressional interactions with other branches of government, especially the presidency, will be covered.  In addition, the many differences between the House and Senate will be explored.

 

Grading Policy

40% midterm; 45% final; 15% book review

 

Texts

Roger H. Davidson, Walter J. Oleszek, and Frances E. Lee. Congress and Its Members, 14th edition. Congressional Quarterly Press.

Walter J. Oleszek. Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, 9th edition. Congressional Quarterly Press.

Ross Baker. House and Senate. Norton, 4th edition.

Course pack

GOV 384M • Public Policy Clinic

39455 • Spring 2014
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM BEN 1.106

Prerequisites

This is a graduate-level course for the Graduate Research Assistants of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government.

 

Course Description

This is a graduate-level course for the Graduate Research Assistants of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government.  The first core component of the class is for the students to engage in supervised research activities throughout the semester.  These assignments will relate to the Public Policy focus of the Institute, and students will thereby enhance their scholarly knowledge of Public Policy fields as well as related Government topics.  The class will study subjects with both scholarly and practical implications.  The research projects will involve students working either individually or as a group, and the students will also have the opportunity to advance their methodological and research skills.  Second, the students will individually present their research findings on two class days.  The class and instructor will discuss these projects and presentations as well as methodological issues, related research, publication opportunities, and future research directions.  The students will sign up for presentation times at the beginning of the semester.  These presentations, as well as related discussion and group activities, will constitute the content of the fifteen class meetings.

 

Grading Policy

The students will receive a grade of credit or no credit – there is no letter grade option.  Grades are based on satisfactory participation in the seminar and satisfactory performance of research assignments.

 

Texts

None

GOV 310L • American Government

39045 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.306

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the government and politics of the United States and Texas.  We will cover U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.  The class begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the adoption of the Constitution, the development of democracy, and the importance of federalism.  The class then examines public input into the political system, particularly public opinion, individual and group participation, and the political parties.  Public input is nowhere better found than in congressional and presidential elections, which are separately discussed.  In fact, the main textbook of the class argues that American government can only be fully understood by studying the central role of elections. We then explore the basic institutional building blocks of government – the Congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and courts, as well as the media.  We continue by discussing fundamental civil liberties and civil rights, followed by the key policy issues that face national, state, and local governments today.  The class will also cover the central features of Texas government and politics and make frequent comparisons between American government and Texas government. 

 

Grading Policy

First midterm: 30%

Second midterm: 32%

Third exam: 33%. 

Essay: 5%

 

Texts

Morris P. Fiorina, Paul E. Peterson, Bertram Johnson, and William G. Mayer.  The New American Democracy (either 7th edition, 2011, or the most recent version).

 

GOV 370K • Latino Politics

39295 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.130
(also listed as LAS 337M, MAS 374)

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the political experiences of the United States Latino populations in the present and historically.  The course begins with a discussion of political identity: what does it mean to be Latino, Hispanic, or Chicano, and what are the politically relevant commonalities and differences in Latino communities.  We then discuss Latino political history, starting with the Spanish empire but focusing particularly on the 19th and 20th centuries in Texas and the southwest.  In doing so, we will study Latino political movements, organizations, and important individuals.  Moving to recent decades, the class examines Latino inputs into the American political system – particularly public opinion, voting, and the role of gender in politics.  The class also discusses the two largest non-Mexican national-origin groups in the U.S.: Puerto Ricans and Cuban Americans.  We then explore the growing voice of Latinos in political institutions, such as the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.  Lastly, the class covers key policy issues for Latino communities, particularly education and immigration. 

 

Grading Policy

Midterm: 30%

Final: 40%

Writing assignment: 20%

Class participation and engagement: 10%

 

Texts

-Garcia, F. Chris, and Gabriel Sanchez. 2007. Hispanics and the U.S. Political System: Moving Into the Mainstream. New York: Prentice Hall.

 ?-Gutierrez, David. 1995. Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press.

-Coursepack

GOV 384M • Public Policy Clinic

39085 • Spring 2013
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM CLA 0.120

Prerequisites

This is a graduate-level course for the Graduate Research Assistants of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government. 

 

Course Description

This is a graduate-level course for the Graduate Research Assistants of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government.  The first core component of the class is for the students to engage in supervised research activities throughout the semester.  These assignments will relate to the Public Policy focus of the Institute, and students will thereby enhance their scholarly knowledge of Public Policy fields as well as related Government topics.  The class will study subjects with both scholarly and practical implications.  The research projects will involve students working either individually or as a group, and the students will also have the opportunity to advance their methodological and research skills.  Second, the students will individually present their research findings on two class days.  The class and instructor will discuss these projects and presentations as well as methodological issues, related research, publication opportunities, and future research directions.  The students will sign up for presentation times at the beginning of the semester.  These presentations, as well as related discussion and group activities, will constitute the content of the fifteen class meetings.

 

Grading Policy

The students will receive a grade of credit or no credit – there is no letter grade option.  Grades are based on satisfactory participation in the seminar and satisfactory performance of research assignments.

 

Texts 

None 

GOV 310L • American Government

38590 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 1.306

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the government and politics of the United States and Texas.  We will cover U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, public policy issues, and social science perspectives on politics and policy.  The class begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the adoption of the Constitution, the development of democracy, and the importance of federalism.  The class then examines public input into the political system, particularly congressional and presidential elections, public opinion, individual and group participation, and the political parties.  We then explore the basic institutional building blocks of government – the Congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and courts, as well as the media.  We continue by studying fundamental civil liberties and civil rights, followed by the key policy issues that face national, state, and local governments today.  The class will also discuss the central features of Texas government and politics and make frequent comparisons between American government and Texas government. 

 

Grading Policy

Midterm #1: 25%

Midterm #2: 30%

Final exam: 40%

Writing assignments: 5% 

GOV 384M • Public Policy Clinic

38940 • Spring 2012
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM GAR 2.124

This is a graduate-level course for the Graduate Research Assistants of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government.  The first core component of the class is for the students to engage in supervised research activities throughout the semester.  These assignments will relate to the Public Policy focus of the Institute, and students will thereby enhance their scholarly knowledge of Public Policy fields as well as related Government topics.  The class will study subjects with both scholarly and practical implications.  The research projects will involve students working either individually or as a group, and the students will also have the opportunity to advance their methodological and research skills.  Second, the students will individually present their research findings on two class days.  The class and instructor will discuss these projects and presentations as well as methodological issues, related research, publication opportunities, and future research directions.  The students will sign up for presentation times at the beginning of the semester.  These presentations, as well as related discussion and group activities, will constitute the content of the fifteen class meetings.

Grading

The students will receive a grade of credit or no credit – there is no letter grade option.  Grades are based on satisfactory participation in the seminar and satisfactory performance of research assignments.

MAS 362 • Mexican Amer Policy Stds Smnr

36015 • Spring 2012
Meets M 5:00PM-8:00PM SZB 416

Course Description

This course examines public policy and the policymaking process in the United States, specifically in relation to the Mexican-American and Latino communities.  It begins by examining policymaking in the United States, including issues such as the definition of public policy, how policy choices are made, how policy reflects values, agenda setting, policy formation, policy implementation, and policy evaluation.  We will then discuss specific policy issues important to Mexican Americans and Latinos at both the state and national levels, including such topics as immigration, education, and health care.

 

Required Books

Coursepack.

John Kingdon. 2003. Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies. Longman Classics.

Daniel J. Tichenor. 2002. Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America. PrincetonUniversity Press.

Carter A. Wilson. 2006. Public Policy: Continuity and Change. Waveland.

GOV 310L • American Government

38595 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 1.306

This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

MAS 362 • Mexican Amer Policy Stds Smnr

36295 • Spring 2011
Meets M 5:00PM-8:00PM SZB 416

Course Description

This course examines public policy and the policymaking process in the United States, specifically in relation to the Mexican-American and Latino communities.  It begins by examining policymaking in the United States, including issues such as the definition of public policy, how policy choices are made, how policy reflects values, agenda setting, policy formation, policy implementation, and policy evaluation.  We will then discuss policy issues important to Mexican Americans and Latinos at both the state and national levels, including such topics as immigration, education, and health care.

 

Required Books

Coursepack.

John Kingdon. 2003. Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies. Longman Classics.

Daniel J. Tichenor. 2002. Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America. PrincetonUniversity Press.

Carter A. Wilson. 2006. Public Policy: Continuity and Change. Waveland.

GOV 310L • American Government

38405 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM MEZ 1.306

Description:

This course will introduce you to the government and politics of the United States. We
will cover U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and
freedoms, and public policy issues. The class begins with the creation of the nation and
its fundamental features, including the adoption of the Constitution, the development of
democracy, and the importance of federalism. The class then examines public input into
the political system, particularly public opinion, individual and group participation, and
the political parties. Public input is nowhere better found than in congressional and
presidential elections, which are separately discussed. In fact, the main textbook of the
class argues that American government can only be fully understood by studying the
central role of elections. We then explore the basic institutional building blocks of
government – the Congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and courts, as well as the media.
We continue by studying fundamental civil liberties and civil rights, followed by the key
policy issues that face national, state, and local governments today. The class will also
make frequent comparisons between American government and Texas government.

Grading Policy:

First midterm: 25%

Second midterm: 25%

Final exam: 40%.

Class attendance/participation: 10%

Textbooks:

Fiorina et al.’s New American Democracy (special binder edition)

John Rourke’s You Decide! Current Debates in American Politics, 2010 Edition (7th edition)

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

38708 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 4.112

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

38980 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ B0.306

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 310L • American Government

39005-39020 • Fall 2009
Meets MW 2:00PM-3:00PM CAL 100

This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

MAS 374 • Latino Politics

36240 • Fall 2009
Meets MW 4:30PM-6:00PM MEZ B0.306

Please check back for updates.

GOV 310L • American Government

39300 • Fall 2008
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM UTC 2.102A

This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

MAS 374 • Latino Politics

36224 • Spring 2008
Meets MW 3:00PM-4:30PM CAL 100

Please check back for updates.

GOV 310L • American Government

39545 • Fall 2006
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WCH 1.120

This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

GOV 370L • Legislative Politics

39875 • Fall 2006
Meets MW 4:30PM-6:00PM WAG 214

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Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

MAS 374 • Latino Politics

34690 • Spring 2006
Meets MW 4:30PM-6:00PM MEZ B0.306

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GOV 310L • American Government

37475 • Fall 2005
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WCH 1.120

This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

GOV 370L • Legislative Politics

37805 • Fall 2005
Meets MW 4:30PM-6:00PM BUR 134

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Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

MAS 374 • Latino Politics

33290 • Spring 2005
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM BUR 224

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GOV 310L • American Government

37145 • Fall 2004
Meets MW 3:00PM-4:30PM UTC 2.102A

This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

GOV 370L • Legislative Politics

37460 • Fall 2004
Meets MW 4:30PM-6:00PM BUR 134

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Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

MAS 374 • Latino Politics

32040 • Spring 2004
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM BUR 224

Please check back for updates.

GOV 370L • Legislative Politics

35885 • Fall 2003
Meets MW 4:30PM-6:00PM BUR 134

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

MAS 374 • Latino Politics

31745 • Spring 2003
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM BUR 224

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Publications


In Progress. David L. Leal, Taeku Lee, and Mark Sawyer (Eds.). Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Individual chapters first appearing electronically via Oxford Handbooks Online.


2016. David L. Leal, Jerod Patterson, and Joe R. Tafoya. “Religion and the Political Engagement of Latino Immigrants: Bridging Capital or Segmented Religious Assimilation?” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.


2016. David L. Leal and Néstor P. Rodríguez (Editors). Migration in an Era of Restriction and Recession: Sending and Receiving Nations in a Changing Global Environment. New York: Springer.


2015. Jacqueline M. Hagan, David L. Leal, and Nestor P. Rodriguez. "Deporting Social Capital: Implications for Immigrant Communities in the United States." Migration Studies, v3: 370-392.


2015. Heeju Shin, David L. Leal, and Christopher G. Ellison. “Sources of Support for Immigration Restriction: Economics, Politics, or Anti-Latino Bias?” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v37: 459-481.


2015. Heeju Shin, David L. Leal, and Christopher G. Ellison. “Does Anti-Hispanic Bias Motivate Opposition to Non-English Languages?Sociological Inquiry, v85: 375–406.


2015. “Defending the Federation from the Rom-ulan Empire, or If Conferences Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix Them.” PS: Political Science & Politics (Symposium on Reinventing the Scholarly Conference, edited by Mark Rom), v48(2): 337-340.


2014. David L. Leal. “Immigration Policy Versus Immigration Politics: Latinos and the Reform Debate.” In Tony Payan and Erika de la Garza (Eds.), Undecided Nation: Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis. New York: Springer.


2013. David L. Leal and Jerod Patterson. “House Divided? Evangelical Catholics, Mainstream Catholics, and Attitudes toward Immigration and Life Policies.” The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics (Special issue on Catholicism in American Politics, edited by Byron Shafer).


2013. “Chapters, Volumes, Editors! Oh My! Reassessing the Role of Edited Volumes in the Social Sciences.”  PS: Political Science & Politics, v46: 380-82.

Included in 2016 "PS Virtual Issue 1, Navigating the Profession: Sage Advice from the Pages of PS"
 

2013. Jason P. Casellas and David L. Leal. “Partisanship or Population? House and Senate Immigration Votes in the 109th and 110th Congresses.” Politics, Groups, and Identities, v1(1): 48-65 (Inaugural issue of new WPSA journal). 


2013. Taofang Huang, David L. Leal, Byung-Jae Lee, and Jill Strube. “Assessing the Online Legislative Resources of the American States.Policy & Internet, v4: 72-90.

Article featured in June 3, 2013 post on Oxford Internet Institute's "The Policy and Internet Blog: Understanding Public Policy Online": "How accessible are online legislative data archives to political scientists?"


2013. David L. Leal and Curt Nichols. “Military Family Attitudes towards Senior Civilian Leaders in the United States.” Armed Forces & Society, v39: 53-77.


2013. Gary P. Freeman, Randall Hansen, and David L. Leal (Eds.). Immigration and Public Opinion in Liberal Democracies. New York: Routledge.


2013. David L. Leal and Jose E. Limón (Eds.). Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press.


2013. Gary P. Freeman, David L. Leal, and Jake Onyett. “Pointless: On the Failure to Adopt an Immigration Points System in the United States.” In Phil Triadafilopoulos (Ed.), Wanted and Welcome? Highly Skilled Immigration Policies in Comparative Perspective. New York: Springer.


2013. "The World of Sherlock Holmes." In Wm. Roger Louis (Ed.), Irrepressible Adventures with Britannia: Personalitites, Politics and Culture in Britain. London: I.B. Tauris & Austin: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

Volume reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald: "David Leal’s [chapter] explores 'the World of Sherlock Holmes' and reflects why Holmes is the most popular 'British character' with James Bond, exercising cultural 'soft power', while France is stuck with Inspector Clouseau."


2012. David L. Leal, Byung-Jae Lee, and James A. McCann. “Transnational Absentee Voting in the 2006 Mexican Presidential Election: The Roots of Participation.” Electoral Studies, v31: 540-549.


2012. Julie A. Dowling, Christopher G. Ellison, and David L. Leal. “Who Doesn’t Value English? Debunking Myths About Mexican Immigrants’ Attitudes Towards the English Language.” Social Science Quarterly, v93: 356-78.


2011. Christopher G. Ellison, Heeju Shin, and David L. Leal. "The Contact Hypothesis and Attitudes toward Latinos in the United States." Social Science Quarterly, v92: 938-958.


2011. David L. Leal. “Latinos, Immigration, and the U.S. Recession.” In John Higley, John Nieuwenhuysen, and Stine Neerup (eds.), Immigration and the Financial Crisis: The United States and Australia Compared. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.


2011. David L. Leal and Kenneth J. Meier (Eds.). The Politics of Latino Education. New York: Teachers College Press. 

Reviewed in Teachers College Record (2011), Education Update (2012), and Journal of School Choice (2014).


2011. Kenneth J. Meier, Eric Gonzalez Juenke, David L. Leal, and Valerie Martinez-Ebers “The Effect of Electoral Structure on Representation: Latino Education Politics, 1986 and 2001.” In David L. Leal and Kenneth J. Meier (Eds.), The Politics of Latino Education. New York: Teachers College Press.


2011. John Bohte, David L. Leal, Jerry L. Polinard, James P. Wenzel, and Robert D. Wrinkle. “A Solution or a Problem?  Charter Schools and Latino Students in Traditional Texas Public Schools.” In David L. Leal and Kenneth J. Meier (Eds.), The Politics of Latino Education. New York: Teachers College Press.


2010. Corrine M. McConnaughy, Ismail K. White, David L. Leal, and Jason P. Casellas. "A Latino on the Ballot: Explaining Co-Ethnic Voting among Latinos and the Response of White Americans." Journal of Politics, v72: 1199-1211.


2010. Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Louis DeSipio, and David L. Leal (Eds). Beyond the Barrio: Latinos in the 2004 Elections. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press.


2010. David L. Leal and Stephen J. Trejo (Eds.). Latinos and the Economy: Integration and Impact in Schools, Labor Markets, and Beyond. New York: Springer.


2010. David L. Leal, Curt Nichols, and Jeremy Teigen. “Latino Veterans and Income: Are There Gains from Military Service?” In David L. Leal and Stephen J. Trejo (Eds.), Latinos and the Economy. New York: Springer.


2010. "Religion in Latino Political and Civic Lives." In Alan Wolfe and Ira Katznelson (Eds.), Religion and Democracy in the United States: Danger or Opportunity? Princeton and New York: Princeton University Press and Russell Sage Foundation.  

This book is the culmination of the APSA Task Force on Religion and Democracy in the United States (JSTOR: http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt7t4ht)

Volume reviewed in Journal of American Studies: "The political lives of American Latinos direct Leal’s essay. As a synthesis of available research, his nuanced take on the relationship between religion, grassroots organizing, ethnic identity, culture, and party politics is a must-read, especially for anyone teaching Latino politics."


2010. Jason P. Casellas and David L. Leal. "Minority Representation in the United States Congress." In Karen Bird, Thomas Saalfeld, and Andreas M. Wüst (Eds.), The Political Representation of Immigrants and Minorities: Voters, Parliaments and Parties in Liberal Democracies: Voters, Parties, and Parliaments. London: Routledge (ECPR Studies in European Political Science).


2010. Rodolfo O. de la Garza and David L. Leal. “Latino Politics.” In George T. Kurian (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Political Science. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press.


2009. “Stalemate: U.S. Immigration Reform Efforts, 2005 to 2007.” People & Place, v17: 1-17.


2009. James A. McCann, Wayne A. Cornelius, and David L. Leal. "Absentee Voting and Transnational Civic Engagement among Mexican Expatriates." In Jorge I. Domínguez, Chappell Lawson, and Alejandro Moreno (Eds.), Consolidating Mexico’s Democracy: The 2006 Presidential Campaign in Comparative Perspective. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


2009. "Latinos, Immigration, and Social Cohesion in the United States." In John Higley and John Nieuwenhuysen (Eds.), Nations of Immigrants: Australia and the USA Compared. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.


2009. Book Review: Maurice Bowra: A Life. Leslie Mitchell, 2009, Oxford University Press. Canadian Journal of Higher Education / Revue canadienne d’enseignement supérieur.


2008. Terri E. Givens, Gary P. Freeman, and David L. Leal (Eds.). Immigration Policy and Security: US, European, and Commonwealth Perspectives. New York: Routledge.


2008. "The Citizen-Soldier, Then and Now: The National Guard, Military Reserves, and ROTC." In Derek S. Reveron and Judith Hicks Stiehm (Eds.), Inside Defense: Understanding the U.S. Military in the 21st Century. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.


2008. David L. Leal, Stephen A. Nuño, Jongho Lee, and Rodolfo O. de la Garza. "Latinos, Immigration, and the 2006 Midterm Elections." PS: Political Science & Politics, v41: 309-317.


2007. Guest Editor for Special Issue "Latino Politics During the Bush Years." American Politics Research, v35, n2.


2007. Matt A. Barreto and David L. Leal. "Latinos, Military Service, and Support for Bush and Kerry in 2004." American Politics Research, v35: 224-251.


2007. "Latinos, Religion, and the 2004 Presidential Election." In David E. Campbell (Ed.), A Matter of Faith? Religion in the 2004 Elections. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.


2007. Rodolfo Espino, David L. Leal, and Kenneth J. Meier (Eds.). Latino Politics: Identity, Mobilization, and Representation. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. Reviewed in Centro Journal (Spring, 2009).


2007. "Latino Public Opinion: Does It Exist?" In Rodolfo Espino, David L. Leal, and Kenneth J. Meier (Eds.), Latino Politics: Identity, Mobilization, and Representation. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.


2007. "Students in Uniform: ROTC, the Citizen-Soldier, and the Civil-Military Gap." PS: Political Science & Politics, v40: 479-483.


2006. Electing America's Governors: The Politics of Executive Elections. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Reviewed in Political Science Quarterly (Spring 2008) by Thad Kousser: "Leal's explicitly comparative approach of studying governors and senators side by side is a welcome innovation. Few works on state or national politics collect data on both levels of government. Leal does so in this book, often conducting parallel analyses to discover what governors have in common with the senators who represent the same sets of constituents, and how their campaign dynamics differ. The end product is a book that provides the most wide-ranging analysis of gubernatorial elections yet produced, and puts its findings in the context of races for other offices . . . [an] intriguing book."


2006. Symposium Editor: "The Politics of Canada." PS: Political Science & Politics, v39, n4.

2006. "Symposium Introduction: Canada – The Unknown Country." PS: Political Science & Politics, v39: 813-814.

2006. David L. Leal and Dan Lipinski. "Northern Exposure? The Politics of Canadian Provincial Admission into the United States." PS: Political Science & Politics, v39: 843-847.


2006. "Mexican-American and Cuban-American Public Opinion: Differences at the State Level?" In Jeffrey Cohen (Ed.), Public Opinion in State Politics. Stanford: Stanford University Press.


2005. "American Public Opinion toward the Military: Differences by Race, Gender, and Class?" Armed Forces & Society, v32: 123-138.


2005. Frederick M. Hess and David L. Leal. "School House Politics: Expenditures, Interests, and Competition in School Board Elections." In William Howell (Ed.), Beseiged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.


2005. David L. Leal, Matt A. Barreto, Jongho Lee, and Rodolfo O. de la Garza. "The Latino Vote in the 2004 Election." PS: Political Science & Politics, v38: 41-49.


2004. "Latinos and School Vouchers: Testing the ‘Minority Support’ Hypothesis." Social Science Quarterly, v85: 1227-1237.


2004. David L. Leal and Frederick M. Hess. "Who Chooses Experience? Examining the Use of Veteran Staff by House Freshmen." Polity, v36: 651-664.


2004. Luis R. Fraga and David L. Leal. "Playing the ‘Latino Card’: Race, Ethnicity, and National Party Politics." Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, v1: 297-317.


2004. David L. Leal, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, and Kenneth J. Meier. "The Politics of Latino Education: The Biases of At-Large Elections." Journal of Politics, v66: 1224-1244.


2004. "Assessing Traditional Teacher Preparation: Evidence from a Survey of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs." In Frederick M. Hess, Andrew Rotherham & Kate Walsh (Eds.), A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom? Appraising Old Answers and New Ideas. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.


2003. David L. Leal and Frederick M. Hess. "Technocracies, Bureaucracies, or Responsive Polities? Urban School Systems and the Politics of School Violence Prevention." Social Science Quarterly, v84: 526-542.


2003. David L. Leal, Frederick M. Hess, and Syed A. Ali. "Contestation versus Replacement? Republican Party Gains in Southern State Legislative Elections." Politics & Policy, v31: 648-670.


2003. "Early Money and Senate Primary Elections." American Politics Research, v31: 93-104.


2003. "Democratization and the Ghost of Zapata: Mexico from 1959 to 1991." International Journal of Public Opinion Research, v15: 134-150.


2003. "Unorthodox Lawmaking: Juvenile Crime Legislation after Columbine." In Colton C. Campbell and Paul S. Herrnson (Eds.), War Stories from Capitol Hill. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


2002. "Political Participation by Latino Non-Citizens in the United States." British Journal of Political Science, v32: 353-370.


2001. Michael Jones-Correa and David L. Leal. "Political Participation: Does Religion Matter?" Political Research Quarterly, v54: 751-770.

Recipient of the Western Political Science Association award for best paper published in Political Research Quarterly in 2001.


2001. Frederick M. Hess and David L. Leal. "The Opportunity to Engage: How Race, Class, and Institutions Structure Access to Educational Deliberation." Educational Policy, v15: 474-490.


2001. Frederick M. Hess and David L. Leal. "A Shrinking Digital Divide? The Provision of Classroom Computers across Urban School Systems." Social Science Quarterly, v82: 765-778.


2001. Frederick M. Hess and David L. Leal. "Quality, Race, and the Urban Education Marketplace." Urban Affairs Review, v37: 249-266.


2000. David L. Leal and Frederick M. Hess. "The Effect of Party on Issue Emphasis in the 1994 House Elections." In David W. Brady, John F. Cogan, and Morris P. Fiorina (Eds.), Continuity and Change in House Elections. Stanford: Stanford University Press / Hoover Institution Press.


2000. David L. Leal and Frederick M. Hess. "The Politics of Bilingual Education Expenditures in Urban School Districts." Social Science Quarterly, v81: 1064-1072.


1999. David L. Leal and Frederick M. Hess. "Survey Bias on the Front Porch: Are All Subjects Interviewed Equally?" American Politics Quarterly, v27: 468-487.


1999. Frederick M. Hess and David L. Leal. "Computer-Assisted Learning in Urban Classrooms: The Impact of Politics, Race, and Class." Urban Education, v34: 370-388.


1999. Frederick M. Hess and David L. Leal. "Politics and Sex-Related Programs in Urban Schooling." Urban Affairs Review, v35: 24-43.


1999. "Congress and Charter Schools." In Robert Maranto, Scott Milliman, Frederick Hess, and April Gresham (Eds.), School Choice in the Real World: Lessons from Arizona Charter Schools. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.


1997. Frederick M. Hess and David L. Leal. "Minority Teachers, Minority Students, and College Matriculation: A New Look at the Role-Modeling Hypothesis." Policy Studies Journal, v25: 235-248.


1996. Michael Jones-Correa and David L. Leal. "Becoming ‘Hispanic’: Secondary Pan-Ethnic Identification among Latin American-Origin Populations in the United States." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v18: 214-254.

 

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