- Department Chair of Politics and Government
- Ph.D., Political Science, Washington State University, 2002
- M.A., Political Science, California State University, Chico College of Social Science, 1995
- B.A. cum laude, California State University, Chico College of Social Science, 1992
Areas of Emphasis or Expertise
- American Government
- Public Policy and Administration
- Race and Politics
- Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth co-authored with Jessica Lavariega Monforti, and Melissa R. Michelson, (Paradigm Publishers, 2015) : View Book
- Everyday Injustice: Latino Professionals, (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011) : View Book
- American Political Science Association (APSA) Latino Caucus book award for best book published in 2011 "Everyday Injustice: Latino Professionals and Racism"
- K.T. Tang Faculty Excellence Award in Research 2011
- Fellow for the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
- Recipient of the Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award
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.
Maria Chavez on America's DREAMers