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Danilo Antonio Contreras

B.A., Georgetown University (2005)

Graduate Student
Danilo Antonio Contreras



Danilo Antonio Contreras is a PhD candidate in the Deparrtment of Government. He specializes in comparative ethnoracial politics in Latin America. 

Broadly, his research aims to understand the ways in which individuals in Latin America manifest their ethnoracial identity politically and how unequal structural conditions, state institutions, and migration patterns mediate their behavior. He is particularly interested in studying those interactions in nations with significant Afro-descendant populations and among Afro-Latinos in the United States. Danilo's dissertation examines the effect of perceived ethnoracial identity on candidate evaluation in the Dominican Republic. Based on a combination of methods, including an original survey experiment conducted in Santo Domingo, DR, he supports an explanation for the low salience of ethnoracial identity in elections in Latin America. A related article is forthcoming in the Latin American Research Review.

From 2013 to 2015, Danilo was a Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Williams College. His research has also been supported by EDGE-SBE fellowships from the National Science Foundation, a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from the U.S Department of Education, and by grants from the Department of Government, the IC2 Institute at the McCombs School of Business, and the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Danilo holds a B.A. in Government and Spanish from Georgetown University. Prior to entering the graduate program, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C.





race and ethnic politics in Latin America; political behavior; Dominico-Haitian relations; migration and citizenship; mixed methods
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