Matos’ research and teaching interest include immigration politics and policy, race and ethnicity, the geography of immigration laws, and Latino politics. Matos’ scholarly work examines the intersections between race, immigration, and geography. She is currently working on her first book, where she examines the geography of contemporary immigration laws and policies and argues that these policies should be understood within a historical context that recognizes the centrality of race and the connections between different racial projects in the continual imagining of America and Americans. Her project traces the more contemporary and internal flow of immigrants to different parts of the US.
Places immigration within a post-9/11 contemporary discourse around national security and terrorism.
Examines the decisions of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah, Indiana, and most recently, Texas to pass restrictive immigration omnibus bills and analyze the factors associated with the decision of a state to pass its own immigration law.