Sophia Jordán Wallace is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. She received her B.A. from UC San Diego and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She specializes in Latino Politics, representation, and immigration politics and policy. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC), and Dirksen Congressional Center.
Her work has been published in various journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Politics, Groups, & Identities, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review. Her co-authored book, Walls, Cages, and Family Separation: Race and Immigration in the Trump Era, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. She is a co-founder and co-organizer of SPIRE, Symposium on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity, which is an annual conference of race, ethnicity, and politics scholars. She is the Director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR). She is also currently one of the editors of Political Research Quarterly.
She is currently working on a book, United We Stand: Latino Representation in Congress, which examines the ways legislators serve the interests of Latinos across a variety of legislative behaviors and the substantive impact of Latino representatives.