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 senior faculty research associate at 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.
Lavariega Monforti, Jessica and Renee Cramer. "Guarding Our Borders with Gardasil: Immigrant Women and Physical Autonomy." Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy.
Lavariega Monforti, Jessica, Byron D’Andra Orey and Andrew J. Conroy. "The Politics of Race, Gender, Ethnicity and Representation in the Texas Legislature." The Journal of Race and Policy, volume 5, number 1, spring/summer 2009: 35-53.
Lavariega Monforti, Jessica and Melissa Michelson. 2008. "Diagnosing the Leaky Pipeline: Continuing Barriers to the Retention of Latinas and Latinos in Political Science." PS: Political Science and Politics 41, 1 (Jan.): 161-166.
García Bedolla, Lisa, Jessica Lavariega Monforti, and Adrian Pantoja. 2007. "A Second Look: The Latina/o Gap." Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy. Vol.28, nos. 3/4. pp. 147-171.
Lavariega Monforti, Jessica. 2006-2007. "Rhetoric or Meaningful Identifiers? Latina/os and Panethnicity?" Latino/a Research Review. Vol. 6, nos. 1-2, pp. 7-32.