Sophia Jordán Wallace, who has recently accepted a tenured position as Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, is joining the WISIR Leadership Group as Field Director for Latino Politics and Immigration. Wallace comes to the UW from Rutgers University, where she was Assistant Professor of Political Science from 2012 to 2016. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Wallace was also a Ford Foundation Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Wallace will help WISIR strengthen its programming in Latino politics, representation, social movements, and immigration politics and policy. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, and Politics, Groups, & Identities. She is a co-founder and co-organizer of SPIRE, Symposium on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity, which is an annual conference of race, ethnicity, and politics scholars. She is currently working on a book, United We Stand: Latino Representation in Congress, which examines the ways legislators serve the interests of Latinos across a variety of legislative behaviors and the substantive impact of Latino representatives.