Ali Valenzuela is a lecturer in American Studies and Politics at Politics at Princeton University and executive committee member of the Program in Latino Studies. Along with Omar Wasow and LaFleur Stephens-Dougan, he co-organizes Politics Research in Experimental Social Science, a working group of researchers at Princeton using experimental methods to study questions about politics.

His teaching and research are on U.S. politics, with specializations in Latino voter turnout, public opinion and candidate preferences; immigration; racial/ethnic identity; religion in politics; and experimental methods. His work is forthcoming or has been published in the American Political Science Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, and other peer-reviewed outlets. He is currently writing a book on how competitive elections unify and politicize Latinos in America.

His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Academies of Science’s Ford Foundation (Postdoctoral Fellowship), the American Political Science Association, Stanford University, Princeton University, Princeton University Center for Human Values, and The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.

Professor Valenzuela holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Selected Publications

Reny, Tyler, Loren Collingwood, and Ali Valenzuela. Forthcoming. "Vote Switching in the 2016 Election: How Racial and Immigration Attitudes, Not Economics, Explain Shifts in White Voting." Public Opinion Quarterly.

Valenzuela, Ali A. and Melissa R. Michelson. 2016. "Turnout, Status and Identity: Mobilizing Latinos to Vote with Group Appeals." American Political Science Rev. 110 (4): 615-30.

Selected Honors and Awards

Princeton University Center for Human Values 3-year research grant (with Omar Wasow and Nicholas Valentino)

Princeton University 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education course enhancement grant.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship