Carlos Vargas Ramos

Carlos 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.

Prior to joining the Centro's staff, Carlos was a legislative aide in the New York City Council. He has also worked as a research assistant at the Barnard/Columbia Center for Urban Policy and Research as well as an enumerator and manager for the U.S. Bureau of the Census. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Caribbean Studies Association and the Puerto Rican Studies Association.


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