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Joe Roberto Tafoya


Graduate Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant
Joe Roberto Tafoya



Joe Roberto Tafoya received his baccalaureate degree in Political Science and History from the California State University, East Bay and a degree of Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fourth year Ph.D. student with research interests in political engagement among racial and ethnic minorities, specifically Latinos, when responding to public policy. Joe’s research has explored the implications of police drug enforcement in Latino communities, the effects of immigration status on how Latinos process political information, and placed Whites, Blacks, and Latinos in comparative contexts to explain representation and responses to policy. His dissertation project is currently focused on capturing risk accepting behavior and wielding it to explain and promote political engagement among Americans, with special attention to Blacks, Latinos, and Women. Joe is thankful for opportunities like the McNair Scholars Program, APSA’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, APSA’s Minority Fellows Program, The Society for Political Methodology’s John A. Garcia Award, and the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute. Currently, Tafoya serves as Graduate Student Representative to the Western Political Science Association’s Latino Caucus.


American Politics, Public Policy, Race and Ethnic Politics
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