Bradford S. Jones

Bradford Jones Portrait

Position Title
* Professor of Political Science
* Faculty Affiliate, UC Davis Global Migration Center
* Media Liaison and Board Member for Humane Borders (Tucson, AZ)

573 Kerr Hall


I teach and do research in the field of race and ethnic politics, particularly emphasizing immigration policy, attitudes and opinion about immigration, and Latinx politics more generally. My research agenda is multidisciplinary, encompassing not only political science, but also social psychology and sociology as well.  I strongly believe we should engage questions that produces research with an eye toward making a change.  As such, my recent work has focused on the implications of deportation policy as well as the relationship between border enforcement and migrant deaths on the U.S.-Mexico border.  These questions have naturally led me to think about Latinx identity, non-Latinx perceptions of Latinx, and Latinx-relevant public policy, including U.S. immigration policy. My work has been published in several leading academic journals such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Politics of Groups and Identity, and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. I frequently engage the media on questions related to immigration policy and have been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Pacific Standard and other national media as a leading source of public opinion on immigration and border-related issues. In addition to national media, I have discussed these issues with Australian, French, Italian, Latvian, and Norther Ireland media outlets.  Apart from my work in the field of race and ethnic policy, I have also published widely in the field of statistical methodology and co-authored Event History Modeling for the Social Sciences with Janet Box-Steffensmeier. Here is a copy of my curriculum vitae.  

Education and Degree(s)
  • Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 1994
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Race and ethnic politics, Latinx politics, immigration policy, methodology