Ali Valenzuela

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Hello and welcome to Rocky! I was born in Los Angeles to two Mexican immigrants who married and raised four children there in the 1970s and 80s. Eventually, they both became U.S. citizens and still today take pride in casting ballots in every election. I share this to offer partial explanation for my interests as a political scientist in the Department of Politics and Program in Latino Studies here at Princeton. In my research I am focused on U.S. politics and explaining how ethnic and racial group identities affect the voting and turnout patterns of Latinos in recent elections, and how recent elections affect the strength of Latino identities and their expressed political unity. My research interests also include religion in politics, voter turnout and ways to increase turnout using field experiments. In 2015-16 I am co-organizer (with Prof. LaFleur Stephens) of a working group, Politics Research in Experimental Social Science (PRESS), which supports faculty, graduate students and undergrads who use—or would like to use—experimental methods to study politics. I am also very much looking forward to the 2015-16 primary and general election campaign seasons. Please stop by and talk to me about any of these topics!

Personally, I enjoy TV (Parks & Rec, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Breaking Bad, the Sopranos, GoT, OITNB, others probably), working in my flower garden, running and lounging in the summer heat, reading, gaming (if only there were ever time), and eating a delicious dinner after a dirty martini or two. This summer (June 2015) I married Dr. Rachel Stein, a research fellow this year at Princeton's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and usually political science professor at George Washington University in DC. We are (I am) lucky to have her here with us for what will likely be many dinners in the Rocky dining room. If you see us, please feel free to say hi and introduce yourself or join us—we'll try to keep the nerding out to a minimum.  :-)