University of California, Riverside

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Francisco Pedraza

Francisco Pedraza

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

Public Policy and Political Science
4127 Interdisciplinary South
(951) 827-5594

Research Areas

  • Political attitude formation
  • Political behavior
  • Immigration policy
  • Health policy
  • Survey methodology


  • Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle, 2010
  • M.A. University of Iowa, Iowa City, 2005
  • B.S. Boise State University, Idaho, 2002


Francisco I. Pedraza (Ph.D. University of Washington, 2010) is a political scientist at University of California, Riverside with appointments in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science.

Francisco’s research centers on political attitude formation and political behavior, with a special emphasis on the attitudes and behaviors of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. His research draws on sociological, psychological, and policy processes theoretical frameworks to better understand individual-level policy preferences, electoral candidate preferences, political knowledge, and other political orientations like trust in government. His substantive research interests also include the relationship between immigration policy and health policy. From 2012-2014 Francisco was in residence at the University of Michigan as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Methodologically, he specializes in the design and deployment of surveys, including survey-embedded experiments, designed to investigate aspects of racial and ethnic minority politics. His specialization in surveys includes the development of survey items in English and Spanish language.

Francisco’s past or current research efforts have received support from several sources. He is grateful to theWashington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race at the University of Washington, Seattle; Politics of Race, Immigration and Ethnicity Consortium hosted by UC Riverside; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program; the Project for Equity, Representation and Governance at Texas A&M University; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico; the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan ; the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality; and the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute at Texas A&M University.


  • Krueger, James S. and Francisco I. Pedraza "The End of Dichotomy: The Effect of Social Proximity to Prototype and Periphery Group Members on Political Attitudes." Social Science Quarterly. forthcoming
  • Molina, Jr., Angel L. (graduate student) and Francisco I. Pedraza "Judging Dream Keepers: Latino Assessments of Schools and Educators." Politics, Groups and Identities. forthcoming
  • Krueger, James S. and Francisco I. Pedraza. 2015. "Ties that bind: revisiting context, identity and attitudes." Research and Politics. 2(3): 1-7.
  • Barreto, Matt A., Loren Collingwood, Chris Parker, and Francisco I. Pedraza. 2015. "Racial Attitudes and Race of Interviewer Item Non-Response" Survey Practice. 8(2): 1-11
  • Pedraza, Francisco I. 2015. The Two-Way Street of Acculturation, Discrimination, and Latino Immigration Restrictionism" Political Research Quarterly. Online first, Sage. June 19, 2014.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

School of Public Policy
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South

Tel: (951) 827-5564


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