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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


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

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Holy Cross. 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-manuscript 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. From 2015-2017, I was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies at Holy Cross. Most recently, I was awarded an Emerging Diversity Scholar Award from the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellowship from Williams College.


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