Associate Professor of Political Science
San Francisco State University
My research on American Politics centers on political participation, elections and voting, social movements, immigration and race, include Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the United States (Routledge, 2006), Gatekeepers to the Franchise: Shaping Election Administration in New York (Northern Illinois University Press 2005), From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization (co-editor with Benjamin Shepard ,Verso 2002), and Democracy’s Moment: Reforming the American Political System in the Twenty First Century (co-editor, with Kevin Mattson, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
Formerly a social worker, I was the Coordinator of the New York City Voter Assistance Commission and consulted to policy organizations (Demos, NAACP, Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change). Before joining the Political Science Department at SFSU, I taught political science at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY). I received my Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center.
I am a Co-Founder of the New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights and the Immigrant Voting Project, a member of the North American Participatory Budgeting Research Board, and a Board member of the journal Socialism and Democracy.