Roberto Carlos entered the PhD program in 2012. He is an Americanist, primarily focused on Latino Politics and the political socialization of Second Generation Latinos. His research seeks to understand how the children of immigrants come to develop their partisan identities--including non-partisan identification--and how those identities elucidate their levels of political participation, both within their family dynamics and in public spaces. A better understanding of the socialization process of the children of immigrants may provide us with some real answers as to why, on the surface and as a group, Latinos appear to be so unengaged politically. Roberto’s research employs a mixed methods approach that will involve the collection of original survey data of parents and their children in the fall of 2015, the analysis of an original nationally representative survey, as well as ethnographical research in urban and rural settings to be carried out in 2016.

Although born in Chicago, Roberto was raised in San Antonio and considers himself a native Texan. He received a BA (Summa Cum Laude) in History from Texas State University and an MA with honors in American Politics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Before joining the program, he was a high school government teacher in San Antonio for six years.