Rodney Hero

Center Director, Raul Yzaguirre Chair and Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3902
Center Director and Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3902

Biography

Rodney Hero is the Raul Yzaguirre Chair in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. His research and teaching focus on American democracy and politics, especially as viewed through the analytical lenses of Latino Politics, Racial/Ethnic Politics, State and Urban Politics, and Federalism. His book, "Latinos and the U.S. Political System: Two-tiered Pluralism," received the American Political Science Association's [APSA] 1993 Ralph J. Bunche Award. He also authored "Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics" (which was selected for the APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Award in 1999), and "Racial Diversity and Social Capital: Equality and Community in America" (2007). He is also co-author of "MultiEthnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (2006); Newcomers, Insiders and Outsiders: Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early 21st Century" (2009); and "Latino Lives in America: Making it Home" (2010); "Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences(2012). And his 2013 co-atuhored book, "Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics: Beyond Conflict or Cooperation," was chosen for the 2014 'Best Book on Latino Politics Award' given by the Latino Caucus of the APSA. He has also authored and co-authored a number of articles in scholarly journals, and chapters in edited books, and was a co-principal investigator on the Latino National Survey (completed in 2006). He has also served on the editorial board of a number of major political science journals.  

He previously held faculty positions as professor of political science and the Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy at the University of California, Berkeley (2010-17); the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2000-10); at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1989-2000); and at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1980-87).

Education

  • Ph.D. Political Science, Purdue University, August 1980
  • M.A. Political Science, Purdue University 1976
  • B.S. Government (Magna Cum Laude), Florida State University 1975    
  • A.A. (with Honors), St. Petersburg Jr. College, Clearwater, Florida 1973

Research Interests

American Democracy and Politics; Latino Politics; Racial/Ethnic Politics; State and Urban Politics;  Federalism

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
POS 438 Latino Politics
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
POS 598 Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
POS 394 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 494 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 439 Minority Grp Politics America

Professional Associations

  • President of the American Political Science Association (2014-15)  
  • President of the Midwest Political Science Association (2007-08)
  • Vice President of the American Political Science Association (2003-04)
  • President of the Western Political Science Association (1999-2000)