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Yalidy Matos

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, 2015-2017
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity, 2015-2017


My scholarship sits at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and politics (REP) and (im)migration. As a trained Americanist and political psychologist, my scholarly work deeply interrogates individual-level public opinion and political behavior within American politics. As a race and ethnic politics scholar, I actively center race in these interrogations. My scholarship primarily focuses on immigration, whether it is immigration policies, the contextualization of immigration within our current times, or the importance of place/space as it relates to public opinion on immigration. I am intentional in using parentheses around (im)migration to note that my work is both about immigration and migration/mobility. The latter makes visible the role of place, space, and mobility in present-day immigration politics. Consequently, the movement of people becomes an integral part of the story of (im)migration politics. (Im)migration, like race, is central to American politics. Thus, my work brings together two foundational aspects in understanding politics in the United States, and I do so by engaging fields like sociology, geography, history, and ethnic studies. Ultimately, my scholarship understands politics as identity-driven and uses this knowledge to apply to the study of (im)migration.