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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Rudy Alamillo

Assistant Professor

M.A., Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Riverside

B.A., Political Science, University of California, Irvine

(360) 650-4880

AH 420

TBA and by appointment

Current Courses

PLSC 250, American Political System (Winter 2021)

PLSC 366, Research in Politics (Fall 2020)

PLSC 397D, Politics of Mexico (Spring 2021)

PLSC 397K, Latino Politics (Spring 2021)

PLSC 431, Senior Seminar in American Politics (Fall 2020)

Rudy Alamillo earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and joined the faculty at WWU in 2019. His research examines cross-racial campaign appeals in the United States, with a focus on non-Hispanic White candidate appeals to Hispanic voters. Dr. Alamillo’s research seeks to understand how non-Hispanic candidates racialize themselves to appeal to Hispanic voters, as well as how Hispanic voters de-racialize themselves to fit into American society. His research has appeared in Politics, Groups, and Identities and Sociology Compass, and has been covered by outlets such as NBC Latino and The Washington Post.

 Dr. Alamillo teaches a variety of courses in the American Politics and Public Policy subfield, as well as special courses in Comparative Politics such as the Politics of Mexico.

Faculty Research Interests

Race and Ethnicity; Latinx Politics; Political Behavior

Selected Publications

Alamillo, Rudy, Chris Haynes, and Raul Madrid Jr. “Framing and immigration through the Trump era.” Sociology Compass 13.5 (2019): 1-11.

Alamillo, Rudy and Loren Collingwood. “Chameleon Politics: Social Identity and Racial Cross-Over Appeals.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 5.4 (2017): 533-560.

External Website

Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • Latinx Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Race and Ethnicity

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