College of Liberal Arts

Government Professor David Leal Named Distinguished Alumnus

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas - David Leal, professor of government, has received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Scholar award from Stanford University.

Leal was honored at Stanford’s Distinguished Alumni Scholar Day, a day-long event where he met with students, university leaders, and members of the cultural and ethnic community at on Nov. 13.

A leading scholar of Latino politics, Leal’s research spans the fields of public policy, political behavior and public opinion. He is the director of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, and faculty associate of the Center for Mexican American Studies.

Leal earned his B.A. in political science from Stanford University in 1990 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998. Since he joined UT Austin in 2002, he has authored several journal articles, and is the coeditor of the volumes “Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century” and “Latinos and the Economy.”

His political behavior research examines how factors beyond socio-economic status shape Latino electoral participation. His work on public opinion studies the opinions of Latinos themselves as well as how Latinos are viewed by others.

Leal has served as co-chair of the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession and as a member of the APSA Task Force on Religion and American Democracy. He also edits a book series, is a member of three journal editorial boards, and was an APSA Congressional Fellow in the office of a U.S. Senator.

Go to this website for more about Leal’s research.

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