|Carlos Vargas Ramos|
Vargas Ramos is a political scientist who has joined the Centro Research
staff as its researcher in public policy. He received his B.A. in Political
Science and Economics from Rutgers University (1987). He also holds an
M.A. in Hispanic Civilization from New York University (1989), and a Ph.D.
in Political Science from Columbia University (2000). Carlos's doctoral
dissertation, "The Effects of Return Migration on Political Participation
in Puerto Rico," focused on the impact the migration experience in
the United States had on Puerto Ricans, and how this experience affected
the migrants' pattern of political participation both in the United States
and upon return to the island. His immediate research work for Centro
will be an analysis of social service organizations serving Puerto Ricans,
in particular, and Latinos, in general, in New York City. He will also
be looking empirically at how migration may have affected the process
of racial formation and identity among Puerto Ricans.