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

Jul. 1, 2015

Puerto Rico’s losses are not just economic, but in people, too

In a trend that is both a consequence of and contributor to its financial woes, the island’s population is declining at a clip not seen in more than 60 years.

Jun. 25, 2015

Hispanic population reaches record 55 million, but growth has cooled

Hispanic growth in the U.S. has slowed in recent years, and the trend continued in 2014, as evidenced by new figures released this week by the Census Bureau.

Jun. 15, 2015

Is being Hispanic a matter of race, ethnicity or both?

Our new survey of multiracial Americans finds that, for two-thirds of Hispanics, their Hispanic background is a part of their racial background – not something separate.

Jun. 4, 2015

Will California ever become a majority-Latino state? Maybe not

It could be a half-century (or longer) before Hispanics become a majority there, according to scaled-back state population projections.

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