Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession

The committee on the status of Latinos y Latinas in the profession develops and promotes research and activities concerning the professional development of Latinos within the discipline of political science.

Committee Members:

Term expiring September 8, 2024

  • Sergio Wals, University of Nebraska, Chair
  • Melissa Martinez, Mary Washington University

Term expiring September 14, 2025

  • Rosa Castillo Krewson, American University
  • Eduardo Moncada, Barnard College

 Term expiring September 6, 2026 

  • Lindsay Mayka, Colby College 
  • Angel Saavedra Cisneros, Bowdoin College 

Committee Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentoring Awards

The APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas in the Profession typically accepts nominations for the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentoring Awards during mid-summer. These awards recognize the exceptional mentoring of students and junior faculty each year. Nominations for the 2024 award will open June 3, 2024.

Organizations and Information of Interest


Sector Latino de Ciencia Política The Latino Caucus in Political Science or Sector Latino de Ciencia Politica was established to both promote and protect the professional development and well-being of Latinas/as in political science and those interested in the study of Latino politics. Founded on September 4, 1998 at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Latino Caucus is an officially recognized Related Group of the APSA.

The Fund for Latino Scholarship Application for 2024 will open May 1, 2024. The Fund for Latino Scholarship encourages and supports the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latino/a political scientists. The fund also supports research on Latino/a politics in the U.S. by all scholars. Applications are due June 15, 2024. Learn more.


Related Programs and Activities

Previous Panels or Roundtables at APSA Annual Meeting

  • 2023 Panel: Junior Scholar Authors Meet Critics
  • 2022 Panel: Latinos and the 2020 Election
  • 2021 Roundtable: Promotion, Tenure, Career, and Impact in the Profession
  • 2019 Panel: Contemporary Politics of Central American Communities in the D.C. Area
  • 2018 Panel: US Elections Cybersecurity: A view from the Front Lines of Election Defense
  • 2017 Panel: Professionalization of Latinos in Political Science: Surviving the Job Market, the Tenure Process, and Pursuing Happiness as an Academic
  • 2016 Panel: Latino/a Scholars Transforming Political Science
  • 2015 Panel: Emerging Scholars in Latino Politics
  • 2014 Panel: Thriving or Just Surviving: Balancing Work and Family
  • 2013 Panel: Emerging Scholars in the Field of Latino/a Politics: Highlighting Graduate Student Research
  • 2012 Roundtable: Roundtable on the Latino Vote 2012 Elections
  • 2011 Panel: Future Directions in Latino/Latina Politics Research
  • 2010 Panel: Que hay de nuevo? Presenting New Latino/a Scholarship

Related Reports

Textbook Report on Latino Portrayal in US Government and Politics Textbooks (published in PS).