Latinidad in Black and White: How Latino Politics (Dis)Avow America's Racial Hierarchy

Awarded Scholars:
Yalidy Matos, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Project Date:
Mar 2022
Award Amount:

As an imposed term, Hispanics/Latinos – individuals who can trace their ancestry to Latin America and the Caribbean – can be of any race. While the common narrative is that Latinos occupy a space between White and Black, and scholarship calls for moving beyond the Black-White binary, some Latinos reify the Black-White binary. Political scientist Yalidy Matos will examine how U.S. Latinos have aligned with and/or complicated the color line in the U.S. and the political consequences of such alignment. With a focus on America’s racial status quo, Matos will investigate the following questions: 1) How does diversity among Latinos’ influence their position in America’s hierarchy? 2) What role does this positioning play in Latinos’ political behavior to avow or disavow the racial status quo?


RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.


The Russell Sage Foundation offers grants and positions in our Visiting Scholars program for research.


Join our mailing list for email updates.