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Sophia Jordán Wallace

Associate Professor, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
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About Sophia

Wallace's research focuses on Latino politics, immigration politics and policy, and legislative politics. She recently published a book, Walls, Cages, and Family Separation: Race and Immigration Policy in the Trump Era (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Her current research is focused on two main projects. One project examines Latino representation in Congress while another is on negotiations in Congress on immigration legislation.


Latino Support for Rights Movements in the Age of Trump

  • Chris Zepeda-Millán


"Sanctuary Cities: Public Attitudes toward Enforcement Collaboration between Local Police and Federal Immigration Authorities" (with Jason P. Casellas). Urban Affairs Review (2018).

Utilizes original data from the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Survey (CCES) to study attitudes toward local/federal collaboration on immigration enforcement. Demonstrates that those who most recognize the racial advantage of Whites are significantly less likely to support collaboration between local police and federal authorities. 

"Spatial and Temporal Proximity: Examining the Effects of Protests on Political Attitudes" (with Chris Zepeda-Millán and Michael Jones-Correa). American Journal of Political Science 58, no. 2 (2014): 449-465.

Analyzes temporal and spatial variation in the effects of the immigrant rights marches in 2006 on Latino attitudes towards trust in government and self-efficacy. Finds that local proximity to small marches had a positive impact on feelings of efficacy, whereas large-scale protests led to lower feelings of efficacy.

"Representing Latinos: Examining Descriptive and Substantive Representation in Congress" Political Research Quarterly 67, no. 4 (2014): 917-929.

Analyzes the 111th Congress to assess representation of Latinos by using an original data set of roll call votes and bill co-sponsorships on three high salience issues (immigration, labor, and education).

"The Role of Race, Ethnicity, and Partisanship on Attitudes about Descriptive Representation" (with Jason P. Casellas). American Politics Research 43, no. 1 (2014): 144-169.

Uses original data to examine variation in racial and ethnic group and partisan attitudes toward legislators and representation. Finds that Latino and Black respondents place a high level of importance on having descriptive representatives in their own districts in addition to articulating a high degree of importance to having more representatives from their respective group in elected office. 

"Racialization in Times of Contention: How Social Movements Influence Latino Racial Identity" (with Chris Zepeda-Millán). Politics, Groups, and Identities 1, no. 4 (2013): 510-527.

Examines the effects of protests on the strength of Latino racial identity. Tests whether Latino perceptions of racialization changed during the series of demonstrations and finds that both during and after the marches, Latinos possessed a greater sense of racialization than before the marches. 

"Papers Please: State-Level Anti-Immigrant Legislation in the Wake of Arizona's SB 1070" Political Science Quarterly 129, no. 2 (2014): 261-291.

Analyzes the factors that led to an increased probability to introducing a copy-cat bill of Arizona's SB 1070. Indicates that Republican-led legislatures were significantly more likely to introduce such bills, as were places with higher unemployment rates.