Department ofPolitical Science

Maria Chavez

Maria Chavez

Associate Professor

253-538-6130 (office)

Profile

Professional
Emphasis

American Government and Public Policy

Education
Degrees

Ph.D., Washington State University, 2002

M.A. in political science (with distinction), California State University, Chico

B.A. cum laude, California State University, Chico

Personal
Biography
Dr. Chavez's areas of teaching and research interest include public policy, American government, Latino politics and race/ethnic politics. She is author of the book Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Youth (Paradigm Publishers, 2014) with Jessica Lavariega Monforti, and Melissa R. Michelson.  She is also the author of the book Everyday Injustice: Latino Professionals and Racism (Rowman and Littlefield, Inc. 2011), which won the prestigious American Political Science Association's Latino Caucus Best Book Award in Latino Politics published in 2011.