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

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.

Sep. 19, 2013

High rate of deportations continue under Obama despite Latino disapproval

The Obama administration has provided a way for young unauthorized immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to remain in the U.S., but the total number of deportations of unauthorized immigrants continue at near record levels.

Sep. 5, 2013

What is the future of Spanish in the United States?

As the share of Hispanics who speak Spanish falls, the share that speaks only English at home is expected to rise.

Sep. 4, 2013

Among recent high school grads, Hispanic college enrollment rate surpasses that of whites

Aug. 29, 2013

D.C., Virginia and Maryland have the highest shares of college-educated Latinos

Aug. 13, 2013

Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in U.S. homes, even among non-Hispanics

Spanish is, by far, the most spoken non-English language in the U.S., but not all Spanish speakers are Hispanic. Some 2.8 million non-Hispanics speak Spanish at home today.