Lisa Garcia Bedolla

Professor *
Ph.D., Yale University, Political Science
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature

Professor García Bedolla’s research focuses on how marginalization and inequality structure the political and educational opportunities available to members of ethnoracial groups, with a particular emphasis on the intersections of race, class, and gender. Her current projects include an analysis of how technology can facilitate voter mobilization among low-propensity voters in California and a historical exploration of the race, gender, and class inequality at the heart of the founding of California's public school system.

She is author of Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005) which won the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Ralph Bunche Award and a best book award from APSA's Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section, and Latino Politics (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2009), winner of a best book award from APSA's Latino Caucus. She also is co-author (with Melissa Michelson) of Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012) which won APSA's Ralph Bunche Award and a best book award from APSA's Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and edited volumes. She has received fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, UCLA's Institute of American Cultures, the James Irvine Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Huntington Library, and the American Political Science Association.

5639 Tolman Hall
(510) 643-9824


Selected Publications


García Bedolla, L. 2014. Latino Politics, 2nd edition. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

García Bedolla, L. and M. R. Michelson. 2012. Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns. New Haven: Yale University Press.

García Bedolla, L. 2009. Latino Politics. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

García Bedolla, L. 2005. Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Michelson, M. R. and L. García Bedolla. “Mobilization by Different Means: Nativity and GOTV.” International Migration Review, forthcoming.

García Bedolla, L. 2012. “Latino Education, Civic Engagement, and the Public Good.” Review of Research in Education 36: 23-42.

García Bedolla, L. 2010. “Good Ideas Are Not Enough: Considering the Politics Underlying Students’ Postsecondary Transitions.” Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR) 15 (1 & 2): 9-26.

Michelson, M. R., L. García Bedolla, and M. McConnell.  2009. “Heeding the Call: The Effect of Targeted Two-Round Phonebanks on Voter Turnout.” Journal of Politics 71 (4): 1549-1563.

García Bedolla, L. and M. R. Michelson. 2009. “What Do Voters Need to Know? Testing the Role of Cognitive Information in Asian American Voter Mobilization.” American Politics Research 37 (2): 254-274.

García Bedolla, L., J. Lavariega Monforti, and A. Pantoja. 2007. “A Second Look: The Latina/o Gender Gap.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 28 (3 & 4): 147-171.

García Bedolla, L. and B. Scola. 2006. “Finding Intersection: Race, Class, and Gender in the California Recall Vote.” Politics and Gender 2 (1): 5-27.

Alvarez, R. M. and L. García Bedolla. 2004. “The Revolution against Affirmative Action in California: Politics, Economics, and Proposition 209.”State Politics and Policy Quarterly 4 (1): 1-17.

García Bedolla, L. 2003. “The Identity Paradox: Latino Language, Politics, and Selective Dissociation.” Latino Studies 1 (2): 264-283.

Alvarez, R. M. and L. García Bedolla. 2003. “The Foundations of Latino Voter Partisanship: Evidence from the 2000 Elections.” Journal of Politics 65 (1): 31-49.

García Bedolla, L. 2000. “They and We: Identity, Gender, and Politics among Latino Youth in Los Angeles.” Social Science Quarterly 81 (1): 106-222.


García Bedolla, L. 2011. “Educating Immigrant Children: the American DREAM Deferred?” Teachers College Record, http://www.tcrecord.orgID Number: 16310.

García Bedolla, L. 2009. “Why U.S. Foreign Policy Matters: Latino Migration to the United States.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies (spring): 50-55.

García Bedolla, L. 2007. “Intersections of Inequality: Understanding Marginalization and Privilege in the Post Civil-Rights Era.” Politics and Gender 3 (2): 232-248.

García Bedolla, L. 2005. “The Gender, Race, and Ethnic Implications of Initiative Policymaking in California.” California Policy Issues Annual 6: 21-33.

García Bedolla, L. 2005. “Resources and Civic Engagement: the Importance of Social Capital for Latino Political Incorporation.” Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy 17: 41-54.

García Bedolla, L. and C. Uhlaner. 2004. “Is the Personal Political? Gender, Sexual Misconduct, and the California Recall.” PS: Political Science and Politics 37 (1): 15-18.

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