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Jessica Lavariega-Monforti

Department Chairperson

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Political Science - NYC

  • @New York City
    41 Park Row 413
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New York City


Received her BA from Florida State University, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from The Ohio State University. Her areas of expertise include US Politics, Latinx Politics, Race and Gender Politics, and Public Policy.


PhD , The Ohio State University , Columbus, OH , 2001
Political Science

MA , The Ohio State University , Columbus, OH , 2000
US Politics, methodlogy

BA , Florida State University , Tallahassee, FL , 1997
Political Science

Awards and Honors

  • American Political Science Association, 2015 - Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Award" for Exemplary Mentoring of Latino/a Junior Faculty in Political Science
  • American Political Science Association, 2012 - Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Award" for Exemplary Mentoring of Latino/a Undergraduate Students in Political Science
  • University of Texas-Pan American, 2012 - Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • University of Texas-Pan American, 2012 - New Faculty Mentor Award
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, 2011 - Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper at the 2010 Meeting of the Western Political Science Association
  • University of Texas-Pan American, 2011 - Provost's Award for International Studies
  • Texas Democratic Women, 2011 - Texas Democratic Women STAR Award
  • University of Texas-Pan American, 2010 - CSBS Award for Excellence in Research
  • University of Texas-Pan American, 2010 - Provost's Award for Latin American Studies
  • University of Texas System Regents, 2010 - University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Western Political Science Association, 2009 - Best Paper in Latino/a Politics at the 2008 Meeting of the Western Political Science Association
  • organized section of REP at the ASPA, 2006 - Dedicated Service to the organized section of REP at the ASPA
  • The Ohio State University, 2001 - The Ohio State University Graduate Student Alumni Research Award
  • The Ohio State University, 2000 - The Ohio State University Hispanic Student Leadership Award


Lavariega-Monforti, J. Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders. ABC-CLIO.

Lavariega-Monforti, J., Chávez, M. & Michelson, M. (2014). Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth. Paradigm Publishers.

Lavariega-Monforti, J. & Marichal, J. (2014, February). The Role of digital Skills in the Formation of Generalized Trust Among Latinos and African Americans in the United States. Social Science Computer Review. Vol 32 (Issue 1) , pages 3 - 17.

Lavariega-Monforti, J. & Cramer, R. (2014, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Guarding Our Borders with Gardasil: Immigrant Women and Physical Autonomy. Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy. Vol 35 (Issue 1) , pages 1 - 30.

Lavariega-Monforti, J., Michelson, M. & Franco, A. B. (2013, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). ¿Por Quién Votará? Experimental Evidence About Language, Ethnicity and Vote Choice (Among Republicans). Politics, Groups, & Identities. Vol 1 (Issue 4) , pages 475 - 487.

Lavariega-Monforti, J. & McGlynn, A. (2012). Assesing Latino Public Opinion on Foreign Affairs and its Potential Impact on the 2012 Presidential Election. Camino Real. Vol 4 (Issue 7) , pages 55 - 74.

Lavariega-Monforti, J. & Sanchez, G. (2010, March). The Politics of Perception: An Investigation of the Presence and Sources of Perceptions of Internal Discrimination among Latinos. Social Science Quarterly. Vol 91 (Issue 1) , pages 245 - 265.

Lavariega-Monforti, J., Orey, B. D. & Conroy, A. J. (2009). The Politics of Race, Gender, Ethnicity and Representation in the Texas Legislature. The Journal of Race and Policy. Vol 5 (Issue 1) , pages 35 - 53.

Lavariega-Monforti, J., Baik, E. & McGlynn, A. (2009, September). Latino Cabinet Appointments and Young Latino Voters: A Preliminary Look at GOP Efforts to Attract Latino Voters. Social Science Journal. Vol 46 (Issue 3) , pages 601 - 608.

Lavariega-Monforti, J., García Bedolla, L. & Pantoja, A. (2007). A Second Look: The Latina/o Gap. Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy. Vol 28 (Issue 3/4) , pages 147 - 171.

Lavariega-Monforti, J. & Nelson, W. E. (2006). Black and Latino/a Politics: Issues in Political Development in the United States.

Lavariega-Monforti, J. (2006). Rhetoric or Meaningful Identifiers? Latina/os and Panethnicity?. Latino/a Research Review. Vol 6 (Issue 1 - 2) , pages 7 - 32.


Immigration policy, political behavior and attitudes of women and communities of color

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts


  • NBC Latino [Internet], August 21 2015
  • The Monitor [Newspaper], November 4 2014
  • The Monitor [Newspaper], October 6 2014
    Voter registration over; early voting begins Oct. 20 ,2014 http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/voter-registration-over-early-voting-begins-oct/article_d3e08cb6-4dc5-11e4-8bb4-001a4bcf6878.html
  • National Public Radio (NPR) [Radio], August 8 2014
    Research on the US-Mexico border discussed with John Burnett, “Securing the Border,” NPR, August 8, 2014.
  • Rio Grande Guardian [Newspaper], July 23 2014
  • Rio Grande Guardian [Newspaper], July 23 2014
    Research on public opinion about border safety discussed in Steve Taylor, “Poll: Most Valley Residents Feel Less Safe,” Rio Grande Guardian, July 23, 2014. http://riograndeguardian.com/higher_ed_story.asp?story_no=19
  • El Manana [Newspaper], February 22 2014
  • Fox 2 News [TV], January 28 2014
    Guest to discuss Politiqueras on“Recent Poll Reveals “Politiqueras” Statistics” Fox 2 News, January 28, 2014.
  • NBC Latino [Internet], February 2 2013
    Guest to discuss Ted Cruz's viability as a candidate on “Sen.Ted Cruz: Partisan Firebrand, or Just Doing His Job?” NBC Latino, February 2, 2013.
  • Houston Chronicle [Newspaper], October 29 2012
    Lavariega Monforti quoted on Cuban-American opinion on Ted Cruz in John W. Gonzalez and Peggy Fikac, “Cruz Battles Critics Who Say He Isn't Hispanic Enough,” Houston Chronicle, October 29, 2012.
  • New York Times [Internet], August 2 2012
    “Ted Cruz's Success Has Nothing to Do with His Cuban-American Ethnicity” Room for Debate, New York Times, August 2, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/01/cuban-americans-political-success/ted-cruzs-success-has-nothing-to-do-with-his-cuban-american-ethnicity
  • Austin-American Statesman [Newspaper], July 14 2012
    “Political Scientist Makes Case against Texas Voter ID Law,” Austin American Statesman, July 14, 2012. http://www.statesman.com/news/news/opinion/political-scientist-makes-case-against-texas-vot-1/nRp8p/
  • Latino Decisions [Internet], December 1 2011
    “Can the Internet be a Door to Increased Latin@ and African American Participation?” (with Jose Marichal) Latino Decisions, December 1, 2011.


  • Western Political Science Association 2001
    Since the first meeting of the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) was held on the University of Utah campus in November 1947, the association has grown into one of the largest political science associations in the nation. Today, the association represents a dynamic group of scholars from a wide range of backgrounds and with diverse scholarly interests. More than 1,000 political scientists participate in the association's annual meeting, where they share research, coordinate activities with colleagues, reconnect with friends, and peruse exhibits set up by publishers and others. The official journal of the association, Political Research Quarterly, is among the most respected publications in the discipline. The association is also in the process of launching a new journal, Politics, Groups and Identities. One individual who has played a particularly important role in this history is Elizabeth (Betty) Moulds, who served as Secretary Treasurer from 1985 to1998 and Executive Director from 1998 to 2009. In December 2009, Political Research Quarterly published a short article by Betty on the changes in the association from its creation through the end of her tenure as Executive Director. Betty's insightful history of the association is available through SAGE publications at: http://prq.sagepub.com/content/62/4/840.full.pdf+html.
  • American Political Science Assoication 1999
    Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 13,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world.
  • Southern Political Science Association 1998
    The Southern Political Science Association is one of the oldest and largest political science organizations in the United States. Founded in 1929, its primary purposes are to publish a professional journal, to improve teaching, to promote interest and research in theoretical and practical political problems, to encourage communication and to develop standards of competence and respect between persons engaged in the professional study and practice of government and politics.
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