Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Office Phone: (956) 665-3551
Cell Phone: (956) 219-6058

Fluency in language(s) other than English

  • Spanish


  • Studies the political behavior and attitudes of Hispanics and other racial and ethnic minorities, and women.
  • Currently conducting research on the politics and treatment of immigrant and Hispanic youth.
  • Can discuss local political issues, immigration policy, and the politics of identity.
  • Has partnered with the Ford Foundation, Center for the Study of Latinos in a Global Society, and the Metropolitan Center at FIU.
  • Conducted field research in Spanish and English with a central focus on Cuban and Cuban American politics, and Mexican and Mexican American politics in the U.S.

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Dr. Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti received her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 2001. She is currently an associate professor of political science and Director of the Center for Survey Research at The University of Texas-Pan American. While much of her research focuses on the differential impact of public policy according to race, gender, and ethnicity, she is specifically interested in the political incorporation and representation of Latinos, immigrants, and women. Her latest research examines how major forces such as technology, the military system, and immigration policy impact and are impacted by Latino youth.

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