Yalidy Matos
Yalidy Matos
Assistant Professor
306 Hickman Hall
Public Opinion and Behavior
Political Psychology
Race and Ethnic Politics
Latinx Politics
Immigration Politics and Policy

Yalidy Matos is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and her B.A. degree from Connecticut College in New London, CT.

Originally from Dominican Republic, Yalidy is a 1.5 generation immigrant and first-generation scholar. Matos’ scholarly work examines the intersections of race, ethnicity, and gender and public opinion and political behavior. By drawing on theoretical frameworks from various disciplines, she uses a mixed methods approach to understand the racialized nature of U.S. immigration policies as well as other politically consequential public and social policies. Professor Matos examines the political behavior of different racial and ethnic groups in relation to identity politics.

Matos’ work can be found in the American Behavioral Scientist, American Politics Research, LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History, Perspectives on Politics, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and Political Research Quarterly. Matos is also the recipient of a Career Enhancement Fellowship (2020) for Junior Faculty from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson Foundation). Matos is currently an Early Career Faculty Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice (ISGRJ) at Rutgers University and a CUNY Dominican Studies Institute 2021 Fellow.

Forthcoming. “The Politics of “Women of Color”: A Group Identity Worth Investigating, (with Stacey Greene, and Kira Sanbonmatsu).” Politics, Groups, and Identities.

2021. “The “American DREAM”: Understanding White American Support for the DREAM Act and Punitive Immigration Policies.” Perspectives on Politics, 19(2), 422-441. OnlineFirst (Oct 2020). https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592720002492

2021. “Dominican Political Incorporation in the United States (with Domingo Morel).” Latino Studies, OnlineFirst (Sep 22, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41276-021-00337-0

2021. “Do Women Seek “Women of Color” For Public Office? Exploring Women’s Support for Electing Women of Color (with Stacey Greene, and Kira Sanbonmatsu).” Political Research Quarterly, 74(2), 259-273. OnlineFirst (Nov 2020). https://doi.org/10.1177/1065912920971793 

2017. “Geographies of Exclusion: The Importance of Racial Legacies in Examining State-Level Immigration Laws.” American Behavioral Scientist, 61(8), 808-831. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764217720480

American Politics

Race & Ethnic Politics

790:329/595:329: Latino Politics in the U.S.

790:334/014:381: The Politics of Black America

790:337: US Immigration Politics and Policy

790:395: Race, Ethnicity, and Social Policy

790:682: US Immigration Policy and Politics