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

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

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.