Latin American Studies
B.A., Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of Texas (Austin)
Danilo ContrerasAssistant Professor of Political Science
Research focuses on political behavior, representation, and mobilization in Latin America.
I study how racial, ethnic, and national identities affect questions of political behavior, representation, and mobilization in Latin America. I am currently working on a book project on ethnoracial politics in the Dominican Republic based on a field experiment and qualitative and survey research.
Research from this project has been published in the Latin American Research Review and has been supported, most recently, by fellowships at Williams College and the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University's Hutchins Center.
At Wellesley, I teach courses on comparative politics with a regional focus on Latin America, as well as courses on Latin American Studies and research design.
I am a native of the Dominican Republic and was raised in New York City. Prior to entering graduate school, I worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, D.C.
In 2020, I was elected vice-president of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS).