Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute

2007 Book

Sun, April 1, 2012
2007 Book
Latino Politics

In 2007, the University of Virginia Press published Latino Politics: Identity, Mobilization, and Representation (co-edited by Rodolfo Espino, David L. Leal, and Kenneth J. Meier). This volume was based on papers presented at a conference (in College Station, TX) co-sponsored by the Project for Equity, Representation, and Governance (PERG) at Texas A&M University and the Irma Rangel Institute. The volume was reprinted in paperback in 2008.

According to the press website:

"Due to the dramatic growth of the Latino population in America, in combination with the relative decline of the Anglo (non-Hispanic white) share, Latino Studies is increasingly at the forefront of political concern. With Latino Politics: Identity, Mobilization, and Representation, editors Rodolfo Espino, David L. Leal, and Kenneth J. Meier bring together essays from a number of leading scholars to address the ever-more important issues within the field. Providing an overview of issues surrounding Latino identity and political opinion—such as differences among Latino groups based on national origin, the importance of descriptive representation, and issues of competition and cooperation, particularly with reference to African Americans—the editors speak to the many fundamental debates ingrained in the discipline.

In addition to highlighting important contributions of the study of Latino politics to date, this volume suggests areas that have yet to be explored and, perhaps more importantly, demonstrates how the study of Latino politics relates to broader questions of American politics and society. Foregrounding debates in the overall discipline of political science, the collection will appeal to those who study Latino politics as well as those who are interested in understanding American politics and society with reference to Latino and 'minority' concerns."


Rodney E. Hero, University of Notre Dame * Benjamin Márquez, University of Wisconsin, Madison * David L. Leal, University of Texas at Austin * Michael Jones-Correa, Cornell University * Matt A. Barreto, University of Washington * Ricardo Ramírez, University of Southern California * Louis DeSipio, University of California, Irvine * Adrian D. Pantoja, Arizona State University * Sylvia Manzano, Texas A&M University * Helena Alves Rodrigues, University of Arizona * Gary M. Segura, University of Washington * René R. Rocha, University of Iowa * Luis Ricardo Fraga, University of Washington * Sharon A. Navarro, University of Texas at San Antonio * Rodolfo Espino, Arizona State University * Jason P. Casellas, University of Texas at Austin * Eric Gonzalez Juenke, University of Colorado at Boulder * Nick A. Theobald, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo * Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Texas Christian University * Manuel Avalos, Arizona State University * Kenneth J. Meier, Texas A&M University


Rodolfo Espino is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University.

David L. Leal is Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.

Kenneth J. Meier, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, is Professor of Public Management at the Cardiff University School of Business in Wales.

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