Josh Weinhold | February 2, 2017
Luis Fraga, an esteemed scholar and pioneer in the field of Latino politics and co-director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, has won a major award from the Midwest Political Science Association.
The organization’s Latino/a Caucus will present Fraga with its Distinguished Career Award at the MPSA 2017 annual conference April 6-9 in Chicago. It will hold a special roundtable honoring his research, teaching, and service record. Fraga and other panelists will discuss his collaborative work, students he mentored, people who influenced and mentored him, and other topics.
"It is very humbling to receive this career achievement award,” Fraga said. “I have always considered myself a scholar who is driven to help make our institutions and their leaders live up to their potential to serve all Americans. I will continue to do all I can to continue this work and to train the next generation of scholars who have similar values and interests.”
Fraga, the Notre Dame Professor in Transformative Latino Leadership and the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science, joined the Notre Dame faculty in fall 2014.
He studies the politics of race and ethnicity, Latino politics, immigration policy, education politics, voting rights, and urban politics. His most recent book, Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences, creates a comprehensive profile of Latino political life in the United States.
After graduating from Harvard University and earning his Ph.D. at Rice University, Fraga served on the faculty at the University of Washington, Stanford University, and the University of Oklahoma. His other books include Latino Lives in America: Making it Home, the high school text United States Government: Principles in Practice, and the co-authored book Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform.