Michael Jones-Correa, Ph.D., Director

Michael Jones-Correa, Ph.D., is President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration. He taught previously at Harvard and Cornell, where he served as the Robert J. Katz Chair of the Department of Government from 2014-2016.  He is a co-author of Latinos in the New Millennium (Cambridge, 2012) and Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (Temple, 2010), the author of Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City (Cornell, 1998), the editor of Governing American Cities: Inter-Ethnic Coalitions, Competition and Conflict (Russell Sage Foundation, 2001), and co-editor of Outsiders No More? Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation (Oxford 2013). He has been a lead investigator for the 2012 and 2016 Latino Immigrant National Election Study (LINES), the 2006 Latino National Survey, the Philadelphia-Atlanta Project, and other research, as well as the author of several dozen pieces on immigration, race, ethnicity, and citizenship in the United States.  This research has received support from the Carnegie, Ford, MacArthur, Russell Sage, and National Science foundations, among others. Dr. Jones-Correa has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, and was team leader and fellow for the 2010-2013 theme project “Immigration: Settlement, Immigration, and Membership,” at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell.

Roberto F. Carlos, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Roberto F. Carlos is the 2018-19 Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2018. He is a scholar of race, ethnicity, and politics, and is particularly interested in Latinx politics, immigration, representation, political behavior, and socialization. His work has been published in The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics and The Journal of Legislative Studies. Currently, Roberto focuses on the political, social, and familial implications of the often-ignored political socialization process of the children of immigrants. Unlike many studies on political socialization that focus on the political values and behaviors transmitted from parents to children, Roberto shows that the children of immigrants play a crucial role in shaping their parents’ behaviors and belief, creating a complex process of political socialization. For more on his dissertation and research visit