Political Science and Criminal Justice

Constitution Day 2022

On Thursday, October 6th, 2022, our department commemorated Constitution Day by hosting Dr. Armando Ibarra (University of Wisconsin, Chico State Alumni), as he presented "The Latino Question: Class Race, and the Politics of Possibility". To view a captioned recording of the event and to read more about the speaker, please see below. 

View captioned recording of event (Thursday, October 6th, 2022)(opens in new window)

About the Speaker: 

Photo of Dr. Armando Ibarra

Armando Ibarra is a professor in the School for Workers(opens in new window) and Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Ibarra serves as a Faculty Latino Specialist for the Division of Extension, as a Research Affiliate in the Applied Population Laboratory, and as an affiliate faculty in the Labor Center at UMASS Amherst. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and joined the UW in January 2011. Ibarra also holds a Master's in Public Administration, and a B.A. Sociology and Spanish from the California State University-Chico. Prof. Ibarra has extensive and diverse teaching, research and organizing experience. His research and fields of specialization are Chicano/a Latino/a working communities, social movements, international labor migration, leadership development, and community based participatory and action research.

He is a Co-Principal Investigator on the applied research project that focused on essential workers, employment practices, COVID-19 mitigation practices at workplaces. Their report “Voices of Wisconsin Workers: A Community-Engaged Study of Essential Workers during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic”, was published on February 15, 2021. Funded by the Department of Health Services, the project was a collaboration between his department and the University of Wisconsin–Population Health Institute. His co-authored book, The Latino Question: Politics, Laboring Classes, and the Next Left, won the 2019 Best Book in Latino Politics awarded by The Latino Caucus of the American Political Science Association. This book engages timely debates on Latino working-class struggles, politics, immigration, and inequality in the US. His co-edited book, Man of Fire: Selected Writings of Ernesto Galarza, was designated an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Reviews for Academic Libraries a publication of the American Library Association.

Professor Ibarra is currently leading the 5-year community based participatory research project Addressing Health and Safety Inequities for Wisconsin’s Essential Workers and their Communities, Together. This research is being conducted in partnership with Voces de la Frontera and in-part funded through the UW Understanding and Reducing Inequalities Initiative(opens in new window). He is working on a book manuscript that is informed by oral life histories of Latinx labor and community leaders in the U.S.

Event Hosted by:

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, Political Science and Criminal Justice Department, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Associated Students.