Roberto Carlos is a PhD candidate who 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 challenges the canonical take on how political information flows between parents and children. Roberto 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. Roberto argues that 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 employs a mix of intensive interviews with the offspring of immigrants, statistical analyses of existing survey data, and analyses of data from his original survey of immigrant communities to examine the wide-ranging political implications of the overlooked political socialization process of the children of immigrants.
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.