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Danilo Antonio Contreras


Political Science Department
Latin American and Latino Studies

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Fields: Comparative Politics, U.S. and Latin American Politics



Contact Information

Office Phone: 508-793-3613
Office: Fenwick 323
Office Hours: 
Box: 49A

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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Holy Cross. During the 2019-2020 year, I will be a Visiting Fellow in the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University.

My research examines the conditions under which ethnoracial identity is central to the political claims of elites and marginalized populations in Latin America, specifically Afro-Latin America. I study electoral behavior, political representation, forms of social resistance, and nation-building, and I employ qualitative, quantitative, and experimental methods. I am currently working on a book on ethnoracial politics in the Dominican Republic. Research from this project has been published in the Latin American Research Review.

I received a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Government and Spanish from Georgetown University.



  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Race and Politics in the Americas
  • Comparative Black Movements
  • Politics of the Undocumented
  • Group Identity Politics
  • Latinx Politics
  • Race, Science, and Classification
  • The United States and Latin America