Danilo Antonio Contreras

Danilo Contreras
dc101@wellesley.edu
Political Science
Latin American Studies
B.A., Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of Texas (Austin)

Danilo Contreras

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research focuses on political behavior, representation, and nation-building in Latin America.


I study how racial, ethnic, and national identities in Latin America affect individuals' political decisions, and I employ qualitative and survey research, as well as experimental studies. I am currently working on a book project on ethnoracial politics in the Dominican Republic. Research from this project has been published in the Latin American Research Review

I teach courses on comparative politics with a regional focus on Latin America, as well as courses on Latin American Studies and research design.  

During the 2019-2020 year, I was a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Afro-Latin American Research Institute. Previously, I taught at the College of the Holy Cross and was a Bolin Fellow at Williams College.  

I am a native of the Dominican Republic and 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.

Since 2018, I serve on the Executive Committee of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS).