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Christina E. Bejarano

Associate Professor
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Areas of interest: U.S. Politics, Racial/Ethnic Minority Political Behavior, Latino Politics, Women and Politics, Political Psychology


  • U.S. Politics
  • Latino Politics
  • Women and Politics
  • Political Psychology
  • State Politics.


My research goal is to incorporate the diverse viewpoints and life experiences of both racial/ethnic minorities and women into mainstream U.S. politics research. I am particularly interested in examining questions of intersectionality of multiple identities, especially the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender. In my research, I outline the conditions under which minorities and women successfully compete for electoral office. I also study how racial/ethnic minority and women voters can shape or influence electoral politics, particularly examining the influence of intersecting identities on their political behavior, such as their voter turnout rates and candidate selection.

Research Interests

  • U.S. Politics
  • Minority Political Behavior
  • Latino Politics
  • Women and Politics
  • Political Psychology
  • State Politics.

Selected Publications

Bejarano, C. (in press). "New Directions at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.” . In A. Bos & M. Schneider (Eds.), New Directions in Gender and Political Psychology . Routledge Press.
Bejarano, C. (2016). “New Expectations for Latina State Legislative Representation.” . In N. Brown, S. Allen Gershon, & . (Eds.), Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics. . Routledge Press.
Bejarano, C. (2014). The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics, Routledge Press. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415854313/
Bejarano, C. E. (2014). Latino Gender and Generation Gaps in Political Ideology. Politics & Gender, 10(1), 62-88.
Bejarano, C. E. (2013). The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success, University of Texas Press. http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/bejlat
Bejarano, C., Manzano, S., & Montoya, C. (2011). Tracking the Latino Gender Gap: Gender Attitudes Across Sex, Borders and Generations. Politics & Gender, 7(4), 521-549.
Bejarano, C., & Segura, G. (2010). Hearing Footsteps: Latino Population Growth and Anticipated--But Not Quite Present Political Effects in Emerging Communities. In R. O. de la Garza, L. DeSipio, & D. L. Leal (Eds.), Beyond the Barrio: Latinos in the 2004 Elections. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.
Bejarano, C. E., & Segura, G. (2007). What Goes Around, Comes Around: Race, Blowback, and the Louisiana Elections of 2002 and 2003. Political Research Quarterly, 60, 328-337.

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