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Matt A. Barreto


Matt A. Barreto has been a research scholar with the Center since 2002 and is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. His primary area of research expertise is Latino political participation and he has published numerous academic articles on Latino voting patterns, urban politics, and political behavior. In 2002, Dr. Barreto collaborated with Mara Marks and Nathan Woods on research concerning race relations in Los Angeles 10 years after the Rodney King riots. Their research article was published in Urban Affairs Review.  

Dr. Barreto’s work on voting and elections has resulted in several research projects conducted by the Center, including the precinct quality assessment, the 2003 Absentee Voter Survey, and the 2005 Los Angeles Mayoral Exit Poll.  

Dr. Barreto has published several articles including “The Effect of Latino Candidates on Latino and non-Latino Voters: New Evidence from Five Mayoral Elections” in The American Political Science Review and “Latino Immigrants at the Polls: Foreign-born Voter Turnout in the 2002 Election” for Political Research Quarterly. Dr. Barreto received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.