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Meet Heather Silber Mohamed, 2017 Fund for Latino Scholarship Recipient Heather Silber Mohamed

Heather Silber Mohamed is an assistant professor of political science at Clark University. Her research interests include Latino politics, immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, and identity politics in the US, with a focus on the influence of race, class, and gender. Her book, The New Americans?: Immigration, Protest, and the Politics of Latino Identity (University Press of Kansas, 2017) analyzes how protest and the immigration debate influence Latinos’ sense of belonging in the US. The book focuses primarily on the unprecedented wave of Latino-led protests that occurred in 2006, in which millions of people mobilized across the country in opposition to a far-reaching immigration proposal pending before the U.S. Congress. Dr. Silber Mohamed also worked for six years on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. She will use her award from the Fund for Latino Scholarship to support an ongoing collaboration with Emily Farris (TCU) to develop and code a database of images accompanying news stories about immigration from major national news magazines over a ten-year period. Their analysis of this data explores the intersections of gender and race/ethnicity, as well as portrayals of borders and criminality, in the media’s coverage of the immigration debate.

Learn more about the Fund for Latino Scholarship here.