The Fund for Latino Scholarship encourages and supports the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latino/a political scientists. The fund also seeks to support research on Latino/a politics. The Fund for Latino Scholarship is jointly administered by the Latino Caucus in Political Science and APSA, with support from the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas in the Profession.
Eduardo Salinas is currently a doctoral candidate studying political science at The University of Illinois at Chicago. His research links issues of race, racism, Latino assimilation/immigration, public opinion, survey methodology, and policy preferences. His peer-reviewed published work can be found in Community Development, The Journal of Politics in Latin America, and The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity (2nd ed., forthcoming 2020). Eduardo is also currently a Research Methodologist at The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. While at NORC, he has worked most extensively on the General Social Survey (GSS) in a variety of roles. The 2019 APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship will contribute to Eduardo’s ongoing research into minority-on-minority racism, and its effects on Latino public policy preferences. Eduardo received his B.A. in International Studies from The University of North Texas before attending the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Eddie Lucero is a third-year graduate student at the University of California, Merced’s PhD program in political science. His interests lie in Latino Politics broadly, investigating both institutional and behavioral factors that influence Latino participation in American politics and the formation of a Latino Group Conscious. He completed his B.A. in Political Science at UC Merced in the Fall of 2016 and worked for a California state legislator during and after his undergraduate studies. Eddie is a recipient of the Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship and has recently presented work at the 2019 Western Political Science Conference. The award from the Fund for Latino scholarship will aid in the completion of his current study on how bilingualism among Latinos effects their perceptions of American politics and opinion formation. His goal is to present this work at the next Western Political Science Conference in 2020. This work will further the Latino Scholarship’s mission by investigating how bilingualism (English and Spanish), among a growing bilingual Latino electorate, effects Latino participation and perception of American politics.