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Ali Valenzuela Associate Professor Department of Government

Ph.D., Stanford University

Ali is an expert on American politics, with a focus on Latino/a/x attitudes and voting behavior, demographic change and its political consequences, race and racism in politics, voter turnout, and survey design and experimental methods. He is affiliated with AU’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) and is a new member of the steering committee for the Latina/o/x Studies minor.

Ali’s research uses surveys, experiments, and administrative data such as Census information to investigate Latino support for candidates and public policies, turnout, and the effects of racialized campaign messages, among other topics. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and as book chapters. He is currently completing his first book, Mobilizing Unity: How Competitive Elections Forge the Latino Vote, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Ali is currently teaching classes on Immigration Politics and Policymaking in the U.S. (GOVT 296) and Latino/a/x Politics (GOVT 496).
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Spring 2024

  • GOVT-315 Elections and Voting Behavior

  • GOVT-475 Immig Pol/Policymaking in U.S.

  • GOVT-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

Fall 2024

  • GOVT-315 Elections and Voting Behavior

  • GOVT-324 Latinos in U.S. Poli/Society