Michael Jones-Correa has been named the President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science. Dr. Jones-Correa came to Penn in 2016 from Cornell University, where he was Robert J. Katz Chair of the Department of Government. As a political scientist studying Latino politics and immigration to the United States, his research is focused on the political integration of new immigrant communities and their relations with the U.S.-born. He is director of Penn’s new Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration.
Dr. Jones-Correa is the author or editor of five widely-acclaimed books, among them Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City and Governing American Cities: Inter-Ethnic Coalitions, Competition, and Conflict, in addition to many other publications. He is a lead researcher on the 2006 Latino National Survey, the 2016 and 2012 Latino Immigrant National Election Study, and the ongoing Philadelphia-Atlanta Project. His research has received support from the Carnegie, Ford, MacArthur, Robert Wood Johnson, Russell Sage and National Science foundations.
The chair, which is designated to support a faculty member in Penn Arts and Sciences whose teaching and research is interdisciplinary in nature, was established anonymously in 2016.