Ali Valenzuela

AB Adviser
Politics
Email Address: 
aavalenz@princeton.edu

Hello and welcome to Rocky! This is my seventh or eighth and final year as an adviser here, and even through a global pandemic and national political crisis this place has felt like home, and I hope it does for you as well. I am originally from Los Angeles, California, where I grew up as the youngest of four children of Mexican immigrants who eventually became U.S. citizens and still take pride in casting ballots in every election. My father (perhaps like your father) watches too much cable TV news (CNN and MSBNC mostly) and frequently asks me what's going to happen next in U.S. politics and elections. I usually have no idea, but luckily, I do research on U.S. politics, elections and voting behavior as a professor in the Politics Department and Program in Latino Studies. So usually, my dad is content with almost any tidbit that I share. If only my (you) students were so easy! ;-) I earned my bachelor's degree from UCLA and my Ph.D. from Stanford, both in Political Science. I met my beautiful wife Rachel while at Stanford, where she also earned a political science Ph.D.—imagine dinner conversations around election time!! In April 2017 we welcomed our twins Hugo and Dalia into this world. They are four now and wild. Pre-pandemic we looooved to bring them to Rocky for dinner, and we look forward to the day that they're vaccinated and perhaps (two weeks later) can join you there again for a meal. My teaching and research broadly are on American (U.S.) politics, policy and political behavior, with an emphasis on variations across ethno-racial groups. I focus on immigration policy, politics and related public opinion; elections and voter turnout; racial and ethnic identities in politics; race and racism in elections; campaign and media effects; Latina/o/x voter attitudes, preferences and turnout; and experimental methods in surveys, the lab, and in the field. Please sign up to see me to talk to me about any of these topics or classes about them!

Research Interests:  My teaching and research broadly are on American politics, policy and political behavior, with an emphasis on variations across ethno-racial groups. I focus on immigration policy, politics and public opinion; elections and voter turnout; racial and ethnic identities in politics; race and racism in elections; campaign and media effects; Latina/o/x attitudes, preferences and turnout; and experimental methods in surveys, the lab, and in the field.