Yalidy Matos

Assistant Professor of Political Science & Latino and Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University

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About Yalidy

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.

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"No Woman Left behind: CEDAW and the Stupak-Pitts Amendment," Yalidy Matos, Huffington Post, March 18, 2010.


"Immigration within the Contemporary Political Discourse" in The Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Crime, edited by Holly Ventura Miller and Anthony Peguero (Routledge, 2018), Chapter 16.

Places immigration within a post-9/11 contemporary discourse around national security and terrorism. 

"Geographies of Exclusion: The Importance of Racial Legacies in Examining State-Level Immigration Laws" American Behavioral Scientist 61, no. 8 (2017): 808-831.

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.