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Joe Roberto Tafoya

BA (CSU East Bay), MA (UT Austin)

PhD Candidate
Joe Roberto Tafoya



Joe Roberto Tafoya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin and a research assistant for the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute. He is interested in political engagement among racial and ethnic minorities, specifically Latinos, and its effect on public policy. His dissertation project focuses on capturing risk accepting behavior and wielding it to explain and encourage attention to politics, civic and political participation, and considered positions to policies. This project encompasses all Americans with special attention to Blacks, Latinos, and Women and their relationship with the status quo.

Joe is thankful for opportunities like the McNair Scholars Program, APSA’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute and 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/Race and Ethnic Politics, Public Policy, Research Methods
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