Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Yalidy Matos

Yalidy Matos

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs and Race and Ethnicity in America


Yalidy Matos received her MA and PhD in Political Science from The Ohio State University, and her BA in Gender & Women’s Studies and Government from Connecticut College. Beginning July 2015, she will be a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow based in both the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Matos’s research on public opinion on restrictive immigration policy stems from both a personal and professional investment in the topic. Originally from Dominican Republic, Yalidy is passionate about complicating the ways in which Americans think about immigration and immigrants. Her work has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Political Science Association, and Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, among others


The main focus of Matos’s scholarly work is the study of race and ethnicity and immigration policy and politics. She is interested in examining the intersection of politics with issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration and complicating these multiple intersections by using both a psychological and historical perspective. She explores and expands the ways in which we think about race and ethnicity in America in order to include a wider range of peoples, but also understand the different ways in which race and implicit racial attitudes affect Americans’ policy opinions.

Matos is currently working on her first book proposal and manuscript, adapted from her dissertation, “Race, Space, and Nation: The Moral Geography of White Public Opinion on Restrictive Immigration Policy.” Her dissertation work addresses the nature of public opinion on immigration by examining three independent but interrelated moving parts: news media framing, individual level predispositions, and context. She puts forward a novel theoretical framework that furthers our understanding of immigration politics, and that has wide applicability beyond the immigration context. She contends that support for restrictive immigration policies, and public opinion on immigration more broadly, is a product of both the individual and the socio-political and historical context, and tests this theory by using a multi-method approach.


Fall 2015
Immigration Policy (PLCY) 1701I: “The Imaginaries of Race, Space, and Nation” 

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