Carlos Vargas-Ramos is a Research Associate at CENTRO where he works on the impact of migration on Puerto Rican political behavior, political attitudes and orientations. A political scientist by training, Carlos is co-editor, along with Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, of Blessing La Política: The Latino Religious Experience and Political Engagement in the United States  published by Praeger in 2012. He is also working on a book manuscript [Abroad and At Home: Puerto Rican Political Engagement in the Caribbean and in the United States] and editing an anthology on race [Puerto Ricans and Race].
His most recent peer-reviewed article “Migrating race: migration and racial identification among Puerto Ricans ” is forthcoming in Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Carlos is also author of “Caribbeans in New York: political participation, strategic cooperation and the prospect for pan-ethnic political mobilization in the diaspora ” (in Caribbean Studies 2011), “Migration and political resocialization: The impact of political environment change on political orientations among Puerto Rican return migrants ” (in Centro: The Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2011), and “La migración y la resocialización política de los puertorriqueños ”, (in La Revista de Ciencias Sociales, 2010).
Carlos joined CENTRO as a researcher in public policy in 2001, charged with initiating CENTRO’s policy papers and reports series . Most recently he co-wrote with Isar P. Godreau “Which Box Am I: Towards a Culturally Grounded, Contextually Meaningful Method of Racial and Ethnic Categorization in Puerto Rico ,” released as a Cuaderno de Investigación by the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (University of Puerto Rico-Cayey).
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). 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 Caribbean Studies Association and the Puerto Rican Studies Association.
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