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Rodney Hero Receives 2022 Barbara Sinclair Lecture Award –


The Barbara Sinclair Lecture Award is presented annually to honor achievements in promoting understanding of U.S. Congress and legislative policy.

rodney hero holds the Raul Yzaguirre Professorship in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, and is also the director of the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research (CLAPR) at ASU.

His research and teaching focus on American democracy and politics, particularly from the analytical lens of Latin American politics, racial/ethnic politics, state and urban politics, federalism, and institutions. He has (co)written ten books. His book co-authored in 2013, Black-Latino Relations in American National Politics: Beyond Conflict or Cooperation, was chosen for the 2014 APSA Latino Caucus ‘Best Book on Latino Politics Award’. He has also authored and co-authored a number of articles in scholarly journals and chapters in edited books, including two of the recent editions of Congress reconsidered (by Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce Oppenheimer). Among others of his books are: Latinos and the American Political System: Two-Tier Pluralism (1992); Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics (who was shortlisted for APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Award in 1999); and co-author of Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (2006). He was co-principal investigator of the “Latino National Survey” (completed in 2006).

He has also served on the editorial board of several major political science journals, as well as being president of APSA (2014-15) and other professional associations.

Quote from the award committee:

Professor Rodney Hero is this year’s selection for the Barbara Sinclair Lecture, given to a distinguished scholar who promotes understanding of US Congress and legislative policy. The selection committee noted that Professor Hero did this in various ways. Hero is considered one of the most esteemed scholars of racial and ethnic policy, and has devoted much of his scholarship to representing racial groups and interests in congressional governance in a way that has served to bridge the gap between the study of citizens and the study of political institutions. His work on substantive and descriptive representation of blacks and Latinos in Congress is nothing short of groundbreaking. Moreover, his work has contributed enormously to our understanding of the role that inequality plays in the development of social and welfare policies at the federal level. These represent only a small part of his immense research which spans other areas including urban and state politics, political behavior and elections.

Rodney currently holds the Raul Yzaguirre Professorship in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. He previously held positions as Professor of Political Science and Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy at the University of California, Berkeley (2010-17); the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2000-10); at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1989-2000); and at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1980-87). Hero has received numerous awards for best books and articles, including the Ralph J. Bunche Award, the Latino Politics Best Book Award, and the Woodrow Wilson Book Award. In 2007-08 Rodney served as president of the Midwest Political Science Association, and in 2014-15 he served as president of the American Political Science Association.

APSA thanks the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at the American University School of Public Affairs for its support of the award and the committee members for their service: Dr. David C. Barker, American University (co-chair); Megan McConaughey (co-chair); Dr. Scott Adler of the
University of Colorado, Boulder; Dr. Ashley English of the University of North Texas; and Dr. Kristin Kanthak of the University of Pittsburgh.