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, 2014

DHS: Violence, poverty, is driving children to flee Central America to U.S.

The three top municipalities sending children to the U.S. are all in Honduras. San Pedro Sula leads the list.

Jun. 10, 2014

For three states, share of Hispanic population returns to the past

Apr. 4, 2014

‘Mexican,’ ‘Hispanic,’ ‘Latin American’ top list of race write-ins on the 2010 census

Latinos are not the only group of Americans who utilize the “some other race” category on the census form—but they are the most likely to do so. In 2010, 6.2% of Americans selected “some other race,” up from 5.5% in 2000. Among all those who answered the race question this way in 2010, 96.8% were Hispanic.

Mar. 6, 2014

Women’s college enrollment gains leave men behind

Even though college enrollment rates among young people have risen in recent decades, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that females outpace males in college enrollment, especially among Hispanics and blacks.

Jan. 30, 2014

Asian Americans split on whether U.S. immigration system works or needs a major overhaul

45% of Asian Americans say the U.S. immigration system “works pretty well and requires only minor changes” while 47% say the system “needs to be completely rebuilt” or “needs major changes.”

Jan. 24, 2014

In 2014, Latinos will surpass whites as largest racial/ethnic group in California

Jan. 23, 2014

Hispanics prioritize legalization for unauthorized immigrants over citizenship

46% of all Hispanics and 59% of Hispanic immigrants say they worry “a lot” or “some” that they themselves, a family member or a close friend could be deported. Hispanics alone comprise about three-fourths of all immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Nov. 6, 2013

Republican Chris Christie captures about half the Latino vote

In his landslide re-election victory last night, New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie carried 51% of the Latino vote, a 19 point increase from his performance in 2009, according to exit polls.

Oct. 28, 2013

5 demographic realities behind the creation of Univision/ABC News’ “Fusion” channel

Fusion’s launch reflects several demographic trends among the nation’s 53 million Hispanics, which make up 17% of all Americans.

Oct. 28, 2013

Hispanic or Latino? Many don’t care, except in Texas

Which do you prefer? It’s a question Hispanics and non-Hispanics alike have struggled with…except in Texas.