Bernard L. Fraga Associate Professor of Political Science

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Areas of Expertise

  • Presidential and Congressional elections
  • Racial and ethnic politics
  • Voter turnout and voter mobilization
  • Election laws and voting rights


Bernard L. Fraga, PhD, associate professor of political science, specializes in the impact of race and ethnicity in American elections, with a particular focus on minority voter turnout and officeseeking. Fraga’s award-winning book, The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America (2018), provides a comprehensive analysis of race and voter turnout, examining White, Black, Latinx, and Asian American turnout and voting patterns from the 1800s to the present. He frequently provides commentary on elections to media outlets, and has served as an expert witness and consultant in litigation dealing with elections and voting rights.


First Presidential Debate (Sept. 29, 2020)

The first presidential debate was a disaster for the relatively small set of Americans who are still making up their minds about who to vote for. Trump treated the debate like a campaign rally, firing up his base with discredited conspiracy theories related to both Biden and the security of mail-in voting. Biden attacked the Trump administration’s record on handling the COVID-19 pandemic, but only had a few moments where his alternative vision of governance could be made clear to swing voters. 

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