Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Bejarano's academic interests focus on American politics: gender, race/ethnicity, and political behavior. She is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and advisor on Latina electoral politics in the United States. Bejarano served as a guest expert analyst for Presidential Gender Watch during the 2016 presidential election, helping to track and analyze the gender dynamics in the election. She currently serves on the national advisory council for LatinasRepresent, a joint initiative working to increase Latina political leadership and representation. She has given talks to various campaign training programs to share her research on Latina politics.
Analyzes state-level characteristics to provide explanations for where we find Latina state level representation in 2014. Finds that Latina state representation does not fit neatly with the traditional models used to explain state variation for women, minority women, or Latino political representation.
Discusses a study of the factors that create substantial gender differences i Latino political behavior and attitudes. Focuses on the 2004, 2008, and 2012 presidential elections. Compares the size and direction of Latino political gender gaps across generations and national origin.
Discusses the study of the complex differences in voter gender and Latino political behavior and attitudes.
Discusses the study of the conditions under which Latinas successfully compete for U.S. electoral office. Argues intersecting identities provide fewer electoral disadvantages and allow minority women to more readily attain electoral support.
Tests the ability of traditional gender and assimilation theories to account for Latino attitudes on gender equality issues. Finds that there is a distinction between the opinions of the most recent Latino immigrants and other generational cohorts.
Examines the intersectionality of race and gender in the Louisiana elections of 2002 and 2003, to demonstrate the role of party and race in predicting vote. Introduces a new twist on the theory of racial threat for racial/ethnic minority candidates, where whites may not be politically polarized in favor of Republican nominees who are non-white.