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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Among recent high school grads, Hispanic college enrollment rate surpasses that of whites
D.C., Virginia and Maryland have the highest shares of college-educated Latinos
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.