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Renowned Political Scientist, Dr. Rodney Hero, Speaks at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

February 09, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Rodney Hero, the first Latino President of the American Political Science Association (APSA), spoke at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus on February 3 about his recent works and contributions as President of the APSA.

Hero, a world-renowned political scientist, is touring historically Hispanic and Black institutions of higher learning. During his visit, he discussed his initiatives as APSA president, including his Task Force designed to address racial and class inequalities in the Americas. Hero’s research and teachings focus on American democracy and politics viewed through the lenses of Latino politics, urban or ethnic politics, state and local government, and federalism in the U.S

“Rodney Hero is truly a pioneer of Latino politics, with several works of his being known as ‘classics’ in the field, which I use in my classes,” said Dr. Juan Urbano, Assistant Professor of Political Science.

Hero, a Professor at the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, has received awards for several of his books. His most recent book with Dr. Robert Preuhs, “Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics: Beyond Conflict or Cooperation” (2013), was awarded the 2014 Latino Politics Best Book Award from the APSA Latino Caucus.  He is also the author or co-author of numerous books and more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and edited book chapters.

“His work affects me on a daily basis,” said Urbano. “I teach Immigration Politics & Policy and Mexican American Politics, two areas which he has been very influential through his research.”

Hero served as President of the Midwest Political Science Association, Vice President of the American Political Science Association, and President of the Western Political Science Association. He has also served on the editorial board of a number of major political science journals. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.