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 

Contact information:

Email: isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu

Phone (cell): 361-779-3927

Phone (office): 361-825-3936

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Last updated August 24, 2020

José Miguel Cruz

José Miguel Cruz is the Director of Research at Florida International University’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. He is an expert in the area of criminal violence, gangs, police, democratization and public opinion in Latin America. He has written about American scholarship on gangs and the processes through which the maras (MS-13 and MS-18) have evolved.

Jose Miguel Cruz

Director of Research, Florida International University’s Latin American and Caribbean Center

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Violence, Gangs, Police, Democratization and Public Opinion in Latin America

Location: Miami, FL

Contact Info:

Email: jomcruz@fiu.edu

Phone: (615) 945-7487

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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:
mrohal@pewresearch.org (Pew’s Communications Manager)
Phone: (202) 419-4318

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

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Matt Barreto

Matt Barreto is a political science professor at the University of California Los Angeles and the co-founder of Latino Decisions, a polling firm that looks at the political opinions of this increasingly influential group. Time Magazine called Latino Decisions the “gold-standard in Latino American polling.”

Barreto’s expertise lies in Latino public opinion, voting behavior and race politics in the U.S., including voter ID laws. Along with Latino Decisions co-founder Gary Segura, he was a principal investigator of the American National Election Study Latino oversample, the first ever oversample of Latino voters.

He was hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2015 to direct polling and focus group research for Latino voters. In 2016, he also directed Latino outreach research for the election campaigns of Sens. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

Barreto makes frequent appearances in the news. During the 2020 presidential election, he was quoted by The Atlantic, The New York Times  and the Washington Post.

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Location: Seattle, WA

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Latino electorate, Latino political opinions, voter ID laws, Voting Rights Act

Contact Information:
Email:
 matt.barreto@latinodecisions.com
Phone: 
(909) 489-2955
Twitter: @LatinoDecisions

Featured on PBS: Race 2012: Matt Barreto on Voter ID Laws

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Last updated: March 11, 2020

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.”

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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

Email: joe@spinnakercommunications.com

Twitter: @Kildea

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Mark Hugo Lopez

Mark Hugo Lopez is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. According to his bio, “he studies the attitudes and opinions of Latinos, Hispanic views of identity, the political engagement of Latinos in the nation’s elections and Latino youth.” He also coordinates the Pew Hispanic Center’s National Survey of Latinos.

Previously, Lopez was a research director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) as well as a research assistant professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.  He has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.


Director, Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project

Areas of Expertise: Attitudes and Opinions of Latinos, Hispanic Identity, Latino Politics, Latino Youth, Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Immigration, Politics, Elections

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Pew Hispanic Communications Line: (202) 419-4372
Twitter: @mhugolopez

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