Recent Publications

Appearances in the Media

“Trump doesn’t have the power to reopen businesses by Easter, legal experts say.”  Denver Fox 31, March 24, 2020.

Featured commentary on Impeachment Process, CBS 4, Dec. 18, 2019.

“Denver Decriminalizes Psychedelic Mushrooms,” by Dan Frosch, Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2019.

Yes, Mayor Hancock uses his mayoral megaphone to promote himself and his policies,” by David Sachs and Kevin Beaty. The Denverite. May 7, 2018.

“Metro professor discusses what the future may hold for White House after Gen. John Kelly’s resignation.”  The Denver Channel (Channel 7), Dec. 16, 2018.


2013.    Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics: Beyond Conflict and Cooperation. Cambridge University Press.  Co-Author:  Rodney E. Hero. –Awarded “Best Book on Latino Politics” by the Latino Caucus of the APSA.

Articles and Book Chapters

2020.    “The 2016 Latino Vote in Colorado.” In Latinos and the 2016 Election. Gabriel Sanchez, Luis Fraga and Ricardo Ramirez (Eds.), East Lansing MI: Michigan State University Press.

2020. “Pack Your Politics! Assessing the Vote Choice of Latino Interstate Migrants.”  The Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics. (Forthcoming, First View Online Publication April 12, 2019) doi:10.1017/rep.2019.4 2056-6085/19.

2019.    “Are these Friends also ‘Friends of the Court’?: Examining Minority Legal Advocacy Organization Coalitions in Amicus Brief Filings.”  Politics, Groups and Identities. 7(3): 489-508. Published Online Nov. 23, 2017. Co-Author: Rodney E. Hero.

2018.    “Still Contesting Colorado? The Politics of the 2016 Election in Colorado.” In Presidential Swing States (2nd Edition). David Schultz and Rafael Jacob, Eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Lexington Books. Chapter 7 (pp. 177-202).  Co-Authors: Provizer, N., and Thangasamy, A.

2018.    “The Election of Federico Peña of Denver: The Challenge of Succession.” In Latino Mayors: Political Change in the Postindustrial City. Marion Orr and Domingo Morel (Ed.).  Temple University Press. Chapter 4 (pp. 98-129).

2017.    “Racial and Ethnic Descriptive Representation in the US and its Impact.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press.

2017.    “Black-Latino Relations in Congress: Examining Inter-Minority Group Relations in Institutional Context.”  In Congress Reconsidered 11th Edition. Larry Dodd and Bruce Oppenheimer, Eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.  Pp. 139-161. (Co-Author: Rodney E. Hero.

2015.    “The 2012 Latino Vote in Colorado.” In Latinos and the 2012 Election: The New Face of the American Voter Gabriel Sanchez (Ed.), (pp. 61-75). East Lansing MI: Michigan State University Press.

2012.    “Irreplaceable Legislators? Rethinking Minority Representatives in the New Century.” American Journal of Political Science. 56(3): 705-716.  Co-Author: Eric Gonzalez Juenke.


2019.   The Political Participation of Immigrants and the Naturalization Backlog in Colorado.