Christina Bejarano, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Christina Bejarano, Ph.D.

OMB 312



Christina Bejarano is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and advisor on Latina electoral politics in the U.S. She studies the conditions under which racial/ethnic minorities and women successfully compete for U.S. electoral office, which is reflected in her book on Latina political candidates--The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success (University of Texas Press, 2013). Her work also focuses on how racial/ethnic minorities and women can shape or influence the current electoral environment, which is reflected in her second book--The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics (Routledge Press, 2014).

Bejarano has given talks to various campaign and leadership training programs to share her research on Latina politics. She served as a guest expert analyst for Presidential Gender Watch in 2016 and Gender Watch in the 2018 election, helping to track and analyze the gender dynamics in both elections. Bejarano also served on the national advisory council for LatinasRepresent, a joint initiative working to increase Latina political leadership and representation.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
M.A., Political Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
B.A., Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Research Interests

American Politics: Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Women; Latina Politics and Leadership; Legislative Studies; Political Behavior.

Latest Articles

Women of Color Mobilizing: Sistahs are Doing it for Themselves from GOTV to Running Candidates for Political Office.
Journal of Women, Politics & Policy (2022)
Christina Bejarano, Wendy Smooth

The Intersectional Dynamics of Descriptive Representation.
Politics & Gender (2021)
C. M. Montoya, Christina Bejarano, N. E. Brown, S. A. Gershon

Shared Identities: Intersectionality, Linked Fate, and Perceptions of Political Candidates.
Political Research Quarterly (2020)
Christina Bejarano, N. E. Brown, S. A. Gershon, C. Montoya

Intersectional Linked Fate and Political Representation
Politics, Groups, and Identities (2019)
S. A. Gershon, C. Montoya, Christina Bejarano, N. Brown


Latina Mobilization: A Strategy for Increasing the Political Participation of Latino Families
in The Legacy of Second-Wave Feminism in American Politics | Palgrave (2018)
Christina Bejarano, V Martinez-Ebers

New Expectations for Latina State Legislative Representation
in Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics | Routledge (2016)
Christina Bejarano

New Directions at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
in New Directions in Gender and Political Psychology | Routledge (2016)
Christina Bejarano

Professional Affiliations

  • American/Midwest/Southern/Western Political Science Assocations
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • Scholars Strategy Network