Isabel Araiza

Dr. Isabel Araiza is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where she teaches in the Mexican American and women and gender studies programs. She’s an expert on sociology and its intersections with education, social class and inequality. 

Araiza has also spoken up against the university’s plans for in-person classes this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. Many schools have abandoned plans for in-person instruction this fall due to outbreaks — most notably, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made the rest of the semester entirely online after 130 students tested positive in the first week of classes.

Araiza’s recent research has focused on access to clean water, the political preferences of Latinos, Hispanic serving institutions of higher education in Texas and the community impact of the integration of Corpus Christi Independent School District in the 1970s.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Araiza went on to earn her PhD in sociology from Boston College. As a public sociologist actively engaged in her community, Araiza is a founding member of For the Greater Good, a local advocacy organization that pushes for access to clean water and investment in public institutions and infrastructure.

She’s also co-authored several health needs assessments on the community needs and uses of hospitals in the Coastal Bend region of South Texas.

Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Expertise Field: Universities and the coronavirus, sociology, Mexican American studies, women and gender studies, social class, education, inequality 

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Phone (cell): 361-779-3927

Phone (office): 361-825-3936

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Last updated August 24, 2020

Sharon A. Navarro

Sharon A. Navarro is professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is an expert consultant on women in politics, race and American politics, and Latinx politics.

Her most recent publications include Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of the American Judiciary, Latinas in American Politics, Latino Urban Agency, co-authored Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas (2008), and authored Latina Legislator: Leticia Van De Putte and the Road to Leadership (2008).

Navarro also serves as a political advisor and offers seminars for Democrat and Republican Latina candidates running for office.

Sharon -Navarro

Areas of Expertise: Women in politics, Race and American politics, Latinx politics

Location: San Antonio, Texas

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 Phone: (210) 458-2547

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Ana Gonzalez-Barrera

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera researches public opinion of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the U.S. at the Pew Research Center. She is a primary contributor to all the different stages of the center’s National Survey of Latinos. For more than four years, Gonzalez-Barrera worked at CIDE in Mexico, where she coordinated two rounds of the Mexico and the Americas public opinion survey in 2004 and 2010, and then served as director of population distribution at the Mexican Population Council before joining the Pew Research Center in 2011.

She is an author of An Awakened Giant: the Hispanic Electorate is Likely to Double by 2030,The Path Not Taken: Two-thirds of Legal Mexican Immigrants are not U.S. Citizens, and Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less, among others.

Ana Gonzalez Barrerra
Research Associate, Pew Research Center

Areas of Expertise: Public opinion research and statistical analysis of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the U.S., with a particular expertise on Mexican migration

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact Information:
Email: (Pew’s Communications Manager)
Phone: (202) 419-4318

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Ana Gonzalez-Barrera Discusses Voting Trends In Presidential Elections

Added July 2015

Al Cardenas

Alberto R. “Al” Cardenas is the chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU). He is also a partner in the Miamilaw firm Tew Cardenas and a senior partner in the advocacy and lobbying firms Cardenas Partners and The Advocacy Group.  He has appeared as a Republican commentator on networks such as MSNBC, Fox, CNN, and Univision.

Previously, Cardenas served as the chairman and vice-chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. According to his bio, he “has represented the state of Florida at every Republican National Convention since 1976.”


Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU)

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Republicans, Republican Strategy, Law, Advocacy, Lobbying, Latino Politics

Location: Miami, FL (with frequent travel throughout Florida and to Washington, D.C.)

Contact Information:

Twitter: @AlCardenasACU

For all bookings, please contact Joe Kildea, founder of Spinnaker Communications:

Mobile: (202) 210-3250


Twitter: @Kildea

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Politics: Looking Back At CPAC 2013 And To The Agenda Going Forward

Gabriel Sanchez

Gabriel Sanchez teaches political science at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque. He is also a Principal for Latino Decisions, a Latino polling firm, and serves as Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM.

Sanchez is the co-author of the book Hispanics and the U.S. Political System, and he has been published in journals such as Political Research Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review and many more. His work has been featured in The New York Times and BBC News Magazine.

In 2011, Sanchez was awarded the “Best Article” published in Political Research Quarterly, and in 2010, he was awarded the “Luminaria” UNM Presidential Award for Commitment to Diversity. He has been a guest on NPR and KUNM.

Principal at Latino Decisions and Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Latino Political Behavior, Public Opinion, Electoral Behavior, Health Policy

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Contact Info:

Phone: (505) 277-3337


Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Tell Me More: Are Polls Good News For Either Candidate?

Heard on KUNM: For a complete list, click here.

Hispanic, Latino Voters in New Mexico

Studio Information Page for the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque 

Sylvia Manzano

In an interview with Joy Diaz at KUT, political scientist Sylvia Manzano explains that “Hispanics don’t see eye-to-eye on everything, but there are issues that do get them out to the polls in large numbers…they might say, ‘I identify as a Republican or Democrat or Independent.’ But when it actually comes to those issues that trigger ethnic identity, we see a lot of policy agreement.”

Manzano is currently a Principal at Latino Decisions, a Latino polling firm, where she previously worked as a senior analyst.

Prior to Latino Decisions, Manzano served as assistant professor of political science at Texas A&M University where she taught courses such as “Race, Ethnicity and American Politics” and “Latino Politics in the United States.”

She has been a guest on her local stations KUT and Texas Public Radio. Her most recent publications include articles about Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Latino gender attitudes in the journals Political Communication and Politics and Gender.


Principal at Latino Decisions

Areas of Expertise: Latino Voting Behavior, Latino Vote, Politics of Race and Ethnicity,State and Local Politics, Political Behavior

Location: College Station, TX
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Heard on KUT: For a complete list, click here.

Hispanic Diversity Makes for Unique Voting Bloc

Added January 2013

Last Verified September 2015