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Matt A. Barreto ::

PolSci 181B / CCAS M155B: U.S. Latina/o Politics

Winter 2024, Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30pm - 1:45pm, Bunche 1209B

Course Description:

This class will examine the history and contemporary role of Hispanics and Latina/os in the U.S. political system. We begin with a brief historical analysis of Latina/o immigration and migration, followed by the struggles during the civil rights movement, then increases in citizenship, registration and voting in the 1980s and 1990s, and finally we address waves of anti-immigrant attitudes, and the response by Latinos today. The class will also focus on political relationships between Latinos and non-Latinos as they relate to political institutions, political parties, voting coalitions, representation and public policy – including a focus on Latinos role in recent presidential elections from 2008 to 2022. We will start each class session with a discussion of politics and current affairs news that specifically relates to Latinos in the U.S. – this content will appear on the final exam!

Finally, students will learn how to analyze data on Latina/o public opinion, voting behavior and political attitudes using the Latino National Survey (LNS), the Collaborative Multi-Racial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) 2016 or 2020 or the American National Election Study (ANES) 2016 or 2020 dataset on a broad range of topics. Review all the surveys to determine which has questions you are most interested in. Students can select to work on any political, policy, social issue topic and public opinion data will be provided. Students will conduct basic data analysis to answer questions about how Latina/os view the political system and why.

Note: Final exam to be held:  March 19, 2024 8am - 11am

Books / Articles:

Each week there will be required readings from one or more of these books. Readings should be done for the day they are assigned. For many weeks, the required readings are posted online, or distributed as a handout. The complete, week-by-week reading list is also posted on the course website.

  • John Garcia and Gabriel R. Sanchez. 2021. Latino Politics in America: Community, Culture, and Interests, Fourth Edition. Rowman and Littlefield Press. (website)
  • Barreto, Matt and Gary Segura. 2014. Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation. Public Affairs Press. (website)

Week-by-week syllabus with reading assignments: Download Syllabus -- subject to change given changes in circumstances due to COVID-19 or public health

Office Hours: Best option is usually before class at 12pm Tu/Th, but please email for appointment.

Supplemental Course Readings:

For Final Project