Ricardo Ramírez



Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


American Politics


B.A. Political Science and Chicano Studies, UCLA, 1995
M.A. Education, Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford, 2001
Ph.D. Political Science, Stanford University, 2002

Research and Teaching Interests

Political Behavior, State and Local Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Immigration


Ricardo Ramírez is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.

His broad research interests include political behavior, state and local politics, and the politics of race and ethnicity. His research is geared to understanding the transformation of civic and political participation in American democracy by focusing on the effects of political context on participation, the political mobilization of and outreach to Latino immigrants and other minority groups, and the causes and consequences of increasing diversity among elected officials.

He is Principal Investigator of a longitudinal study of gendered career paths among Latina/o elected officials since 1990 and coeditor of Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States.

His most recent writings include:  “Mobilization en Español: Spanish-language Radio and the Activation of Political Identities," "Transnational Stakeholders: Latin American Migrant Transnationalism and Civic Engagement in the United States," "Why California Matters: How California Latinos Influence the Presidential Election," "Political Protest, Ethnic Media and Latino Naturalization," and  "Latinos during the 2006 Immigration Protest Rallies."

Office Hours

Fall Semester: Wednesday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Contact Information

Office: 428 Decio
Phone: 574-631-0352
Fax: 574-631-4405
Email: Ricardo.Ramirez.83@nd.edu

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


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