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978-1-4985-3335-5 • Hardback • May 2016 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4985-3337-9 • Paperback • October 2017 • $51.99 • (£40.00)
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Sharon A. Navarro is associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Samantha L. Hernandez is a PhD student in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University.
Leslie A. Navarro is a strategic advisor for organizations and higher education institutions on accreditation, planning, program development, and organizational culture and a former college president.
Foreword, Carol Hardy-Fanta
Part 1. National Elections:Beliefs, Campaign Strategies, Electability, and Legislative Strength
Chapter 1: Is there a Gender Divide: Exploring Latinas’ Political Worlds and the Intersectional Dimensions, John Garcia
Chapter 2: Una Ventaja? A Survey Experiment of the Viability of Latina Candidates, Jessica Lavariega Monforti and Sarah Allen Gershon
Chapter 3: Voter Stereotypes of Latino and Latina Candidates, Ivy A. M. Cargile, Jennifer L. Merolla, and Jean Reith Schroedel
Chapter 4: Latina Legislators in Congress: Assessing the Experiences and Influence of the First Generation of Latina Lawmakers, Walter Clark Wilson and Juan Urbano
Chapter 5: Virtually Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies: Congressional Candidates and Social Media Campaigns, Samantha L. Hernandez
Part 2. State Elections: Political Ascension, Campaigns, Communication, and Governing
Chapter 6: Networked Representation: Latina Legislators on Twitter, Jose Marichal
Chapter 7: Advantage and Disadvantages for Latina Officeholders: The Case of New Mexico, Julia Marin Hellwege and Christine Marie Sierra
Chapter 8: “Liberal Leticia” and the Race for Texas Lieutenant Governor, Sharon A. Navarro
Chapter 9: Latina Political Leaders in Rhode Island: Patterns of Recruitment, Ambition, and Constraint, Lizeth Gonzalez and Tony Affigne
Chapter 10: Latina Intersectionality and Race-Gendering In Texas’ Legislative Process, Patricia D. Lopez
With each election, the impact of Latinas in American politics is becoming much more visible and crucial. This timely volume broadens our knowledge of the important role that Latinas have in various avenues of American politics. The volume highlights additional paths of diverse research opportunities for studying Latina politics.
— Christina Bejarano, University of Kansas
Too often the focus of race or gender political research projects has excluded the political experiences of Latina elected officials. This important collection of cutting-edge research by prominent scholars throughout the nation fills this void. Asking a variety of research questions and utilizing mixed methodological approaches, this anthology helps us understand the political behaviors of Latinas at the national and subnational levels becoming a must-read for anyone who seeks to understand the political behavior of women from the largest ethno-racial group in the nation. It is premised on the belief that in a healthy democracy ‘all points of view and full ranges of talent must be available for public decision-making.’ Further, it underscores how different life experiences matter to the political behaviors and attitudes of Latinas in elected office.
— Maria Chávez, Pacific Lutheran University
Latinas in American Politics: Changing and Embracing Political Tradition, edited by Sharon A. Navarro, Samantha L. Hernandez, and Leslie A. Navarro, brings together a talented group of scholars from all ranks to examine the role of Latinas in American politics. This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Latina politics and what I like most about the book is the multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives brought to examine how Latinas are impacting American politics. The book examines Latina electoral involvement at the national level and state level from a variety of vantage points. I especially recommend this volume for courses on Latino politics so that students are exposed to the latest innovative scholarly research incorporating what we know about the role of Latinas in electoral politics.
— Jason P. Casellas, University of Houston