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Principal Investigators

Matt A. Barreto 

Dr. Matt A. Barreto is Professor of Political Science and Chicana/o & Central American Studies at UCLA and the co-founder of the research and polling firm BSP Research. He previously co-founded the research firm Latino Decisions. At UCLA, Professor Barreto founded the research center, Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) and the UCLA Voting Rights Project (VRP). Prof. Barreto research focuses on minority and immigrant voting behavior, and teaches courses in the departments of Political Science and Chicana/o Stuides on Racial and Ethnic Politics, Latino Politics, Immigration Politics, the Voting Rights Act, Elections, Research Methods, and American Politics. Part of his research agenda also includes public opinion and election surveys, including exit polling methodology and pre-election polls. He is the author of three books and his work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, among many other peer reviewed journals as well as three books. He has published 75 academic articles and book chapters on the topics of race, ethnicity and politics. In addition to his research on Latino voting patterns, Prof. Barreto has conducted extensive research on voting rights, and has been an expert witness in numerous Voting Rights Act lawsuits. More information about Dr. Barreto can be found here.



Lorrie Frasure 

Dr. Lorrie Frasure is an Associate Professor and Department Vice Chair in Political Science with a joint appointment in African American Studies at UCLA.  Professor Frasure’s research examines racial/ethnic political behavior, African American politics, women and politics, immigrant political incorporation, and state and local politics. Her book, Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs (Cambridge University Press) is the 2016 winner of two national book awards by the American Political Science Association (APSA), including the Best Book about Race Relations in the United States from the Race, Ethnicity and Politics (REP) Section, and the Dennis Judd Best Book Award in Urban and Local Politics. Since 2008, she has served as co-Principal Investigator of the Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS). Professor Frasure’s research projects and initiatives have received grant support from numerous funders, including over $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation NSF), as well as a multi-year research grants from the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the UC-Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Initiative. More information about Dr. Frasure can be found here.


Edward Vargas 

Dr. Edward Vargas is an Assistant Professor of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. Professor Vargas research examines the effects of poverty and inequality on the quality of life, focusing specifically on health, education, and social policy, and how these factors contribute to the well-being of vulnerable families.  In addition, poverty and inequality are strongly tied to race and ethnicity. He is also interested in the methodological issues involved in the quantitative study of race and ethnicity.  To address these issues, he has developed two programs of research. The first examines how anti-immigrant climate is impacting Latina/o health.  A second area research examines methodological issues in the quantitative research on race and ethnicity among Latina/o populations.  He is currently Co-PI on the 2016 & 2020 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) and Co-PI on the 2015 Latino National Health and Immigration Survey.  More information about Dr. Vargas can be found here.



Janelle Wong 

Dr. Janelle Wong is Professor in the Departments of Government and Politics and American Studies and a core faculty member in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor Wong’s research examines race, immigration, public opinion, Asian American Politics and political mobilization. From 2001-2012, Wong was in the Departments of Political Science and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Wong is the author of  Immigrants, Evangelicals and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change (2018, Russell Sage Foundation),  Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics, including Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (2011, Russell Sage Foundation), based on the first national, multilingual, multiethnic survey of Asian Americans. She was a co-principal investigator on the 2016 National Asian American Survey, a nation-wide survey of Asian American political and social attitudes, and is a co-principal investigator on the 2020 Collaborative Multiracial Post-election Survey (funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation). More information about Dr. Wong can be found here.