Rethinking the "Latino Vote" in 2012: Political Heterogeneity in a Two-Party System

A lecture by Cristina Beltrán
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
5 PM
420 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University

The current election cycle brings a political paradox to light: How can Latino voters be both “swing voters” and a cohesive ethnic electorate with a shared policy agenda? Cristina Beltrán analyzes the rise in anti-immigrant rhetoric and explains how xenophobic speech and policies create forms of pan-ethnic solidarity that obscure ongoing ideological differences and political diversity among Latinos. Cristina Beltrán is associate professor of social and cultural analysis at NYU and the author of the award-winning The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity.

Sponsored by the Barnard Forum on Migration.

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Sep. 19, 2012 - 5:00 PM