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Matt A. Barreto

Professor of Political Science and Chicana/o and Central American Studies
Department: Political Science
Keywords: Politics, Latinos in the US

Prof. Barreto came to UCLA in 2015 with a joint appointment to Political Science and the César A. Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies. Until 2015, he was Professor in Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle, and director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. His research examines the political participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, and he has taught various courses on racial and ethnic politics, Latino politics, the Voting Rights Act, elections, statistics, and American politics. Most recently. Barreto was co-author (with Christopher Parker) of Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America (Princeton Univ. Press, 2014), and co-author (with Gary Segura) of Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation (Public Affairs, 2014), as well as an author on nearly 50 peer-reviewed research articles. In 2007, Barreto and Segura co-founded Latino Decisions, a political polling firm surveying and analyzing the Latino vote, and in 2021 they launched a new firm, BSP Research which is national leader in surveying Latinos and communities of color. Barreto is currently senior advisor to the Biden White House aligned group Building Back Together, and regularly participates in White House briefings. Barreto received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, (Political Science, 2005).