Christina Bejarano

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas
Areas of Expertise:
  • Revitalizing U.S. Democracy
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Women

Connect with Christina

About Christina

Bejarano's academic interests focus on American politics: gender, race/ethnicity, and political behavior. She is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and advisor on Latina electoral politics in the United States. Bejarano served as a guest expert analyst for Presidential Gender Watch  during the 2016 presidential election, helping to track and analyze the gender dynamics in the election. She currently serves on the national advisory council for LatinasRepresent, a joint initiative working to increase Latina political leadership and representation. She has given talks to various campaign training programs to share her research on Latina politics.



"New Expectations for Latina State Legislative Representation" in Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics, edited by Nadia Brown and Sarah Allen Gershon (Routledge Press, 2016).

Analyzes state-level characteristics to provide explanations for where we find Latina state level representation in 2014. Finds that Latina state representation does not fit neatly with the traditional models used to explain state variation for women, minority women, or Latino political representation.

"What Goes around, Comes Round: Race, Blowback, and the Louisiana Elections of 2002 and 2003" (with Gary Segura). Political Research Quarterly 60, no. 2 (2007): 328-337.

Examines the intersectionality of race and gender in the Louisiana elections of 2002 and 2003, to demonstrate the role of party and race in predicting vote. Introduces a new twist on the theory of racial threat for racial/ethnic minority candidates, where whites may not be politically polarized in favor of Republican nominees who are non-white.

"Tracking the Latino Gender Gap: Gender Attitudes across Sex, Borders, and Generations" (with Sylvia Manzano and Celeste Montoya). Politics & Gender 7, no. 4 (2011): 521-549.

Tests the ability of traditional gender and assimilation theories to account for Latino attitudes on gender equality issues. Finds that there is a distinction between the opinions of the most recent Latino immigrants and other generational cohorts.

"Latino Gender and Generation Gaps in Political Ideology" Politics & Gender 10, no. 1 (2014): 62-88.

Discusses the study of the complex differences in voter gender and Latino political behavior and attitudes.

The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success (University of Texas Press, 2013).

Discusses the study of the conditions under which Latinas successfully compete for U.S. electoral office. Argues intersecting identities provide fewer electoral disadvantages and allow minority women to more readily attain electoral support.

The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics (Routledge Press, 2014).

Discusses a study of the factors that create substantial gender differences i Latino political behavior and attitudes. Focuses on the 2004, 2008, and 2012 presidential elections. Compares the size and direction of Latino political gender gaps across generations and national origin.

In the News

"Calling Our Attention to Women of Color," Christina Bejarano, Presidential Gender Watch, August 21, 2016.
"Racial and Gender Reminders for Campaign Appeals," Christina Bejarano, Presidential Gender Watch, October 4, 2016.
"Mixed Outcomes for Latinas in Election 2016," Christina Bejarano, Presidential Gender Watch, November 15, 2016.
Christina Bejarano quoted in Suzanne Gamboa, "Clinton Homes in on Latinas, a Growing Part of the Electorate" NBS News, November 23, 2015.
Christina Bejarano quoted in Stephen A. Nuño, "Round Two: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the GOP Debate" NBC News, September 17, 2015.
Christina Bejarano quoted in Mercedes Olivera, "Mercedes Olivera: Gender Gap Clear among Hispanic Voters" The Dallas Morning News, October 14, 2016.
Christina Bejarano quoted in Juhie Bhatia, "Presidential Nominees Ignore Women of Color at Their Peril" Rolling Stone, August 26, 2016.
Christina Bejarano quoted in Christine Mai-Duc, "Half the Candidates in L.A.'s Congressional Race Are Women: Trump Was 'Wake Up Call'" Los Angeles Times, April 3, 2017.