2016 Congressional Election: Candidates and Diversity

The 114th Congress was the most diverse one ever, and the 2016 General Election may provide for even more gains in increasing diversity among members of the United States Congress. In the 2014 General election 138 persons of color ran for election to a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and 84 won, a total … Continue reading 2016 Congressional Election: Candidates and Diversity

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Researching Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Congress

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month #APAHM. In honor of that, I want to share some of the resources I have used in my research on diversity in Congress. Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) APAICS is a non-partisan non-profit organization promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leadership in politics. The organization … Continue reading Researching Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Congress

U.S. Territories & the 2016 Presidential Nomination

On March 1st I was surprised that there was no mention of the results for the Democratic primary in American Samoa, but I believe it is important to acknowledge the indirect participation of citizens from U.S. territories in the 2016 presidential election. Voting age persons from American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Virgin Islands and Puerto … Continue reading U.S. Territories & the 2016 Presidential Nomination

ICM at MPSA 2016!!

This year at the Midwest Political Science Association's Annual Meeting I will be presenting a paper that is part of my dissertation and a greater research agenda committed to understating the social and psychological motivations for overreporting turnout in political surveys. In my paper I propose that the assumption that overreporting is the result of socially desirable responding … Continue reading ICM at MPSA 2016!!

Researching Hispanics and Politics in Congress

My research is centered almost completely on the study of congressional elections and representation. Throughout my career I have spent a considerable amount of time searching for data related to the race and ethnicity of candidates for and members of Congress. I have found many reliable resources for historical records and current data about candidates and … Continue reading Researching Hispanics and Politics in Congress