MIT Department: Political Science
Angelica Garcia-Macias is a junior at Eastern Washington University, she is studying Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law. In addition, she is working on her minor in Spanish and Chicanoa Studies. Her goal is to obtain her Ph.D. in Political Science and/or Public Policy. I would like to study the Latines community involvement in politics and research to find solutions to increase Latines political participation. Her strive is to work in social justice focused research within the social sciences
2019 Research Abstract
The Latiné demographic is estimated to surpass 30% of the United States population by 2060 (Taylor, P. 2013). Our political institutions will inevitably be shaped as the electorate demographic changes. However, the Latiné community has varying identities and this project captures their turnout based on the identity of whiteness. This MIT Summer Research Program project will analyze voting behavior of Latiné turnout based on family income in order to understand the potential impact of their political behavior based on their self reported identity to US Census Bureau. Furthermore, this project reflects state by state voting turnout. Simultaneously, Critical Race Theory is utilized to outline the voting behavior within the Latiné community and formulate the methods used in this investigation. The mixed methods that are incorporated are the statistical reviewal of previous voting records using the language Stata to review United States 2014 and 2018 midterm elections.Those that did not identify white, but Latiné have a decrease rate of voting turnout versus Latine that are white identifying. Yet, the limitations presented in the research is the small sample size that are used to represent the Latiné community.The panethnic label minimizes the experiences that occur within the Latiné community.
Keywords: Latinx, Latiné, Critical Race Theory, Race and Politics, Voting, Election