Following last year’s search to fill a joint faculty appointment with UCLA’s César A. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, Prof. MATT A. BARRETO (pictured in a 2012 public television interview), formerly part of the Political Science faculty at University of Washington’s Seattle campus, joined the faculty here, at the start of winter quarter. Prof. Barreto is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed research articles as well as four full-length published works on his research areas — including two co-authored books published last year (2014) by Princeton Univ. Press and Public Affairs. Since 2007, he has also been one of the principals of Latino Decisions, a political polling firm surveying and analyzing the Latino vote, which counts a dozen major universities among its clients, as well as organizations ranging from ABC-TV, Univision, and the Los Angeles Times, to AARP and the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO).
While on faculty at UW in Seattle, Prof. Barreto was also an adjunct Professor of Law, and in 2010, he was able to implement the first-ever weekly tracking poll of Latino voters during that year’s national elections — research continued on in related forms by his Latino Decisions polling organization,
Prof. Barreto is Ph.D. in Political Science (2005), from UC Irvine.