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The American Political Science Association (APSA) has award Mark Ramirez, an associate professor in Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies, with the 2018 Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award.
Ramirez was chosen for this award thanks to his work in mentoring undergraduate students. According to the APSA website, the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award is named in honor of the first Latina to earn a PhD in political science. The recipient is recognized for their exceptional mentoring of Latina/o students and junior faculty.
“I am fortunate to have such a great pool of Latina/o students to work with here at ASU and help foster my own research agenda,” Ramirez said.
Some of Ramirez’s students have gone onto prestigious law schools, public policy PhD programs and private sector jobs that directly relate to their experiences at ASU. Ramirez is also the faculty adviser for ASU’s chapter of the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, which received the “Best Chapter Award” for 2016–17.
In his research, Ramirez studies the role of democratic and nondemocratic processes on political preference formation with a special emphasis on how these processes impact racial and ethnic minorities. He is the current organizer of the working group in political psychology and is also affiliated with the provost's Southwest Borderlands Initiative, the Center for Latinas/os and American Politics Research, the Center on the Future of War and the National Institute for Civil Discourse.