Mark Hugo Lopezis the director of global migration and demography research at Pew Research Center. He leads planning of the Center’s research agenda on international demographic trends, international migration, U.S. immigration trends and the U.S. Latino community. He is an expert on immigration globally and in the U.S., world demography, U.S. Hispanics and Asian Americans.
Previously, he was the director of the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. He “studied 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 coordinated the Pew Hispanic Center’s National Survey of Latinos. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.
Director, Pew Research Center’s Global Migration and Demography Research
Areas of Expertise: Attitudes and Opinions of Latinos, Hispanic Identity, Latino Politics, Latino Youth, Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Immigration, Politics, Elections
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
Veronica (Ronnye) Vargas Stidvent can speak about law, politics, and policy trends in the Hispanic community. She is the Executive Director of The Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas at Austin. Stidvent has held roles in both federal government and higher education in Texas. She is also President of Stidvent Partners, a consulting firm founded in 2013.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from UT and a law degree from Yale, Stidvent went on to serve as President George W. Bush’s special assistant for policy. She has also worked as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and as a policy advisor in the Office of Managements and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In 2016, Stidvent was appointed to the State of Texas Governor’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs.
Chancellor of Western Governors University (WGU) Texas
Areas of Expertise: Immigration Policy and Reform, Latino Politics, Law, Business, Hispanic Culture and Identity, Hispanic Leadership