Video: Political Scientist on Latino Civic Engagement in America

Author: Todd Boruff

“I want to do research that provides some hints to both major political parties as to how they might be able to make effective appeals to Latino communities, and through Latino communities, to many other communities across the United States,” said Luis Fraga, the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.

Fraga, who is also a fellow at Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, focuses primarily on American politics where he specializes in the politics of race and ethnicity, Latino politics, immigration policy, education politics, voting rights policy, and urban politics.

In this video, Fraga discusses his work co-creating the Latino National Survey (LNS), the first-ever state-stratified survey of Latinos in the U.S.

“If we understand this community better, it allows us to make better strategic decisions as to what kind of country we want to leave for our children,” said Fraga. “In fact, this community might represent the ideal America that we all have always aspired for our country to be.”

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Originally published by Todd Boruff at on January 23, 2015.