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Christina Bejarano

Associate Professor
Primary office:
413 Blake Hall


Professor Bejarano is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and advisor on Latina electoral politics in the U.S. She studies the conditions under which racial/ethnic minorities and women successfully compete for U.S. electoral office, which is reflected in her book on Latina political candidates—The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success (University of Texas Press, 2013). Her work also focuses on how racial/ethnic minorities and women can shape or influence the current electoral environment, which is reflected in her second book—The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics (Routledge Press, 2014).

Teaching Interests

  • 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. E., & Martinez-Ebers, V. (2018). “Latina Mobilization: A Strategy for Increasing the Political Participation of Latino Families”. In A. Maxwell & T. Shields (Eds.), The Legacy of Second-Wave Feminism in American Politics. Palgrave MacMillan .

Bejarano, C. (2018). "Thinking beyond the 'first' distinction for women of color candidates.". Gender Watch 2018. https://www.genderwatch2018.org/experts/christina-e-bejarano/

Dautrich, K. Yalof, D. A., & Bejarano, C. E. (2017). The Enduring Democracy.(5th edition) Cengage Press.

Bejarano, C. (2017). "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. E. (2016). "Mixed Outcomes for Latinas in Election 2016.". Presidential Gender Watch.org. http://presidentialgenderwatch.org/mixed-outcomes-latinas-election-2016/

Bejarano, C. E. (2016). "Racial and Gender Reminders for Campaign Appeals.". Presidential Gender Watch.org. http://presidentialgenderwatch.org/racial-gender-reminders-campaign-appeals/#more-10720

Bejarano, C. E. (2016). "Calling Our Attention to Women of Color.". Presidential Gender Watch.org. http://presidentialgenderwatch.org/calling-attention-women-color/#more-9943

Bejarano, C. (2016). "Iowa Results Bring More Identity Questions." . Presidential Gender Watch.org. http://presidentialgenderwatch.org/7029-2/#more-7029

Bejarano, C. (2014). The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics, Routledge Press. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415854313/

Bejarano, C. E. (2014). "Growing Latino Gender Differences on Key Policy Issues.". Latino Decisions.

Bejarano, C. E., & Sampaio, A. (2014). "Revisiting Latino Gender Differences in Party Support.". Latino Decisions.

Bejarano, C. E., & Luna, M. (2014). "We are the Voters We are Waiting For.". LatinasRepresent.org.

Bejarano, C. E. (2014). "Your Vote Matters: The Rise of Latina Candidates in 2014.". LatinasRepresent.org.

Bejarano, C. E. (2014). “Origins of the Latino Political Gender Gap.” . Latino Decisions.

Bejarano, C. E. (2014). "Latino Gender and Generation Gaps in Political Ideology.". Politics & Gender, 10(1), 62-88.

Bejarano, C. E. (2014). "The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics.". Latino Decisions.

Bejarano, C. E. (2013). "Increased Electoral Support of Latinas.". Latino Decisions.

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. E. (2013). "The Growing Success of Latina Political Candidates.". Latino Decisions.

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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