Welcome to collingwoodresearch.com, my personal website for teaching and research. I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at University of New Mexico. My research and teaching interests include American politics, political behavior, public policy, race and ethnic politics, immigration, and political methodology. My research has appeared (or is forthcoming) in American Politics Research, British Journal of Political Science, Election Law Journal, Electoral Studies, Journal of Race and Ethnic Politics, Policy and Politics, Policy Studies Journal, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Political Psychology, Politics and Policy, Politics of Groups and Identities, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, R Journal, Race and Social Problems, Social Science Quarterly, Sociological Methods & Research, State Politics and Public Policy Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, and other peer reviewed journals.
My book at Oxford University Press (2020), "Campaigning in a Racially Diversifying America: When and How Cross-Racial Electoral Mobilization Works," examines cross-racial political campaigning among Anglo/white candidates and Latino voters. Another book at OUP (2019), "Sanctuary Cities: The Politics of Refuge" (co-authored with Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien), examines the politics of sanctuary cities.
I received my Ph.D. in political science from University of Washington in 2012 under the direction of Matt Barreto and Chris Parker, and my B.A. from California State University, Chico, with a stint in between at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research in Washington, DC. Previously, I served as Assistant and Associate Professor at University of California, Riverside. I am a regular attendee and contributor to the Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium (PRIEC) conferences. My github account is located here.
I am working on a third book (with Jason Morín) that examines the role private prisons play in the development and maintenance of the immigrant detention state. Specifically, 1) We examine how private immigrant detention siting influences the cosponsorship of punitive immigration bills in Congress; 2) How punitive immigration bill cosponsorship then leads to pay-offs from prison PACs -- disproportionately for Democratic Members of Congress; 3) How prison company stocks respond to shifts in immigration policy, electoral results, and immigrant deaths in prison facilities; and 4) How child detention is shifting attitudes around support for prison privatization.
In addition, I conduct on-going political consulting, involving polling, statistical modeling, analytics, and software development. I have consulted on or served as an expert witness in multiple voting rights cases, including NAACP vs. East Ramapo School District and am presently serving as an expert on a Housing violations case brought in federal court; and a challenge to a new state voting bill brought in a state supreme court. I serve as the lead demographer for a voting rights coalition in California's Inland Empire to ensure equitable districts and line drawing during the 2020 redistricting cycle. I have developed tailored statistical software for the National Democratic Institute's polling operation in Iraq having traveled to Baghdad in 2018, as well as voter turnout and ethnic identity models for Latino Decisions, Catalist, and L2.
If you are a prospective Ph.D. student, and find my work interesting, please send me an email and I would be happy to speak with you. I am always looking for hard-working, normatively motivated students who seek to improve the world and generate knowledge through hard-hitting scientific research.
My hobbies include: Traveling, endurance sports, musing, making jokes, and coding in R.