Dr. Anna Sampaio is Director and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science at Santa Clara University with specializations in immigration, Latina/o politics, race and gender politics, intersectionality, and transnationalism. Her recent book, Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants: Race, Gender, and Immigration Politics in the Age of Security (Temple University Press, 2015), won the 2016 American Political Science Association award for the Best New Book in Latina/o Politics and examines how changes in immigration politics, policy, and enforcement have been racialized and gendered and impose inequitable burdens on Latina/o immigrants. She has also co-edited Transnational Latino/a Communities: Politics, Processes, and Cultures (2002, Rowman and Littlefield, with Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez ) and published several research articles and book chapters appearing in a wide range of outlets including International Feminist Journal of Politics, Latino Studies, NACLA, New Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Signs, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. Her current book project, Latinas Political Participation and Activism in the U.S. (forthcoming, Routledge) examines the history of Latina political engagement in the U.S., with particular attention to the experiences of Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban American activists in the 19th and 20th century.
In addition to being active in the American Political Science Association and Western Political Science Association, Dr. Sampaio is co-editor of the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities and has served previously as Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, as well as Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Denver. Outside the university she has also worked extensively with campaigns, community based groups, and non-profit organizations in Colorado, New Jersey, and California including ACLU, the Latina Initiative, the Hispanic Leadership Council, the American Friends Service Committee, NARAL, Padres Unidos, and the Denver Election Commission.
Dr. Sampaio periodically blogs on race, gender and politics for a variety of organizations and provides interviews and commentary to local and national media outlets. See for example “Latina/o Turnout and Immigration Reform,” for Presidential Gender Watch; “Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants,” for North Philly Notes; and “Revisiting Latina/o Gender Differences in Party Support,” for Latino Decisions. (co-with Christina Bejarano ).