Panel discussion to feature three leading scholars on Latino voting patterns

Author: Arnel Bulaoro

Clockwise from top left: Michael Jones-Correa, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Christina Wolbrecht and Ricardo Ramirez Clockwise from top left: Michael Jones-Correa, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Christina Wolbrecht and Ricardo Ramirez

Three of the nation’s leading scholars on Latino voting patterns will participate in a panel discussion titled “American Politics in the 21st Century: The Latino Vote and the 2014 Elections” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 5) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Building Bridges Lecture Series, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. The event is free and open to the public.

Notre Dame’s Christina Wolbrecht will moderate the three-person panel consisting of Michael Jones-Correa of Cornell University, Valerie Martinez-Ebers of the University of North Texas and Notre Dame’s Ricardo Ramirez.

Jones-Correa is a co-author of “Latinos in the New Millennium” (2012) and “Latino Lives in America: Making It Home” (2010), the author of “Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City” (1998), the editor of “Governing American Cities: Inter-Ethnic Coalitions, Competition and Conflict” (2001) and co-editor of the forthcoming “Outsiders No More? Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation.” He was a co-principal investigator for the 2006 Latino National Survey. Jones-Correa has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, and was the team leader for the 2010-2013 theme project “Immigration: Settlement, Immigration and Membership” at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell.

Martinez-Ebers is co-author of “Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas” (2008), “Making it Home: Latino Lives in America” (2010) and “Latinos in the New Millennium: an Almanac of Opinion, Behavior and Policy Preferences” (2012). She also edited “Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Religion: Identity Politics in America” (2009) and a co-principal investigator for the Latino National Survey. Martinez-Ebers is the editor of the American Political Science Review.

Ramirez is the author of “Mobilizing Opportunities: The Evolving Latino Electorate and the Future of American Politics” (2013). His broad research interests include political behavior, state and local politics, and the politics of race and ethnicity. He is principal investigator of a longitudinal study of gendered career paths among Latina/o elected officials since 1990 and co-editor of “Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States.” His recent writings include “Mobilization en Español: Spanish-language Radio and the Activation of Political Identities,” “Transnational Stakeholders: Latin American Migrant Transnationalism and Civic Engagement in the United States,” "Why California Matters: How California Latinos Influence the Presidential Election,” “Political Protest, Ethnic Media and Latino Naturalization” and “Latinos during the 2006 Immigration Protest Rallies.”

Wolbrecht is the author of “The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change” (2000), which received the 2001 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the APSA, and co-editor of “The Politics of Democratic Inclusion” (2005) and “Political Women and American Democracy” (2008). She is currently engaged in several collaborative projects: using new ecological inference techniques to investigate women’s voting behavior after suffrage, examining the impact of public policy debates on attitudes about homosexuality, and explaining the changing positions of the American political parties on education policy.

The event will be televised by C-SPAN as part of its February programming.

Contact: Arnel Bulaoro, 574-631-9475,