Luis Ricardo Fraga (Ph.D., Rice University, 1984) is Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Russell F. Stark University Professor, Director of the Diversity Research Institute, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. His research and teaching interests are in Latino politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, immigration politics, education politics, and voting rights policy. He has authored and co-authored numerous books including Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (Temple 2010), American Government: Principles in Practice (Holt McDougal 2010), Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (Temple 2006) and Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (Brookings 2005). His latest co-authored book Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences is under contract with Cambridge University Press.
Fraga has also published over 40 articles in journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Perspectives On Politics. He is a co-principal investigator of the 2006 Latino National Survey. He is a vice president of the American Political Science Association and a former president of the Western Political Science Association.