All eyes are on Latinos in the United States, who became the largest minority voting group for the first time in American history in the 2020 general election. While Republicans experienced the promise of the Latino vote, the Democrats' performance put them at peril. Now questions about the political, social and cultural landscapes seem unresolved. Join the LBJ School for a four-part series on the Latino landscape, unpacking what happened in 2020; demography and what so many people get wrong about destiny; what lies ahead; and the ongoing transformation of what it means to be Latino/a.
Session 1 | Latinos and the 2020 Election: A Post-Mortem
Jan. 27, 6 p.m. CT
Latino policy and news media experts join the LBJ School on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. CT for the first in a four-part series on the Latino electorate. Experts will unpack the 2020 election: how Latinos voted and why, what it takes to win, and lessons learned. Moderator: Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, assistant dean for civic engagement and lecturer at the LBJ School.
- Matt Barreto
Matt A. Barreto is a professor of political science and Chicana/o & Central American Studies at UCLA and the co-founder of the research and polling firm LD Insights, LLC. At UCLA, Barreto founded the research center Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) and the UCLA Voting Rights Project (VRP). He co-founded the research firm Latino Decisions. TIME magazine called Barreto's work the "gold-standard in Latino American polling." His research was recognized in the 30 Latinos key to the 2012 election by Politic365 and was listed in the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012 by the European Politics Magazine LSDP. Barreto was named one of the top 15 leading Latino pundits by HuffPost, which called him "the pollster that has his finger on the pulse of the Latino electorate." In 2020 he was hired by Joe Biden's presidential campaign to direct polling and focus group research for Latino voters. Barreto conducted polling and focus groups for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, and directed Latino outreach research for the U.S. Senate campaigns of Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) and Michael Bennet (D-CO). @realMABarreto
- Geraldo L. Cadava
Geraldo Cadava is a professor of history and Latina and Latino Studies at Northwestern University, and the author of two books: The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump (2020), and Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (2013). He has written about Latino history and politics for The New Yorker, New York Times, The Atlantic and the Washington Post, among other outlets. @gerry_cadava
- Daniela Pierre-Bravo
Daniela Pierre-Bravo is a New York City-based TV producer for MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where she has also contributed on-air reporting highlighting the Latino vote. She is a contributing writer and the millennial ambassador for NBC News Digital's "Know Your Value," a platform created by Mika Brzezinski to empower women to recognize their personal and professional worth by developing and inspiring their individual growth. Pierre-Bravo's writing has also been featured in NBC Latino, Refinery 29 and Cosmopolitan. She is the co-author of Earn It! Know Your Value and Grow Your Career, in Your 20s and Beyond with Mika Brzezinski. @dpierrebravo
Session 2 | Feb. 24: A Deep Dive – Texas & the Latino Electorate
Session 3 | March 24: Is Demography Destiny? Latinos, The Census, & What Lies Ahead
Session 4 | April 28: The Genesis of "Latino" & Its Ongoing Transformation