Lisa García Bedolla serves as a Professor in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science. Her research interests center around the political and educational inequalities affecting ethnoracial groups in the United States, with a particular focus on the intersection of race, class, and gender. These interests have led her to engage in an in-depth study of Latina/o civic engagement in two southern California communities, a large-scale experimental study of voter education and mobilization in central and southern California, and a historic exploration of the the establishment of public schools in California.
She is author of Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005) which won the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Ralph Bunche Award for the best book in political science on ethnic and cultural pluralism and a best book award from the APSA's Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section, and of Latino Politics (London: Polity, 2009) which won a best book award from APSA's Latino Caucus . She is co-author, with Melissa R. Michelson, of Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), which won APSA's Ralph Bunche Award and a best book award from APSA's Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section.