Prior to joining the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project, Lopez was Research Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) as well as a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. His areas of expertise include labor economics, civic engagement, voting behavior and the economics of education. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. Read full bio

Feb. 11, 2015

States suing Obama over immigration programs are home to 46% of those who may qualify

A group of 26 states filed a lawsuit in December to stop his executive actions on immigration, arguing that he didn’t have the authority to make the changes.

Dec. 23, 2014

As Cuban American demographics change, so do views of Cuba

President Obama’s change in policy towards Cuba comes as the Cuban American population itself is changing—in its demographics, views of U.S.-Cuba policy, and its politics.

Nov. 10, 2014

5 takeaways about the 2014 Latino vote

Would Latinos turn out to vote in greater numbers this year? Would the lack of action on immigration reform by President Obama and Congress depress voter turnout, or raise it? Here are five takeaways about Latino voters in this year’s midterm elections.

Nov. 4, 2014

Why measuring the demographics of voters on Election Day is difficult

The two primary sources that provide insight into voter demographics use different methodologies, are released at different times, and often produce slightly different results.

Sep. 26, 2014

Hispanic immigrants more likely to lack health insurance than U.S.-born

Hispanic immigrants are more than twice as likely to not have health insurance as Hispanics born in the U.S., according figures recently released by the Census Bureau.

Sep. 8, 2014

Latino vote is small in nearly all states with hot Senate races

Aug. 15, 2014

5 facts about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

5 facts about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which President Obama signed two years ago.

Aug. 4, 2014

Many Mexican child migrants caught multiple times at border

New data shows that thousands of unaccompanied Mexican children caught at the border have crossed into the U.S. multiple times.

Jul. 25, 2014

At the border, a sharp rise in unaccompanied girls fleeing Honduras

The number of unaccompanied girls from three Central American countries caught at the Southwest border, particularly those ages 13 to 17, has increased more rapidly this year than the number of boys.

Jul. 22, 2014

Children 12 and under are fastest growing group of unaccompanied minors at U.S. border