Lisa García Bedolla

Lisa García Bedolla is Berkeley's Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, and a Professor in the School of Education. She uses the tools of social science to reveal the causes of educational and political inequalities in the United States, considering differences across the lines of ethnorace, gender, class, geography, et cetera. She believes an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach is critical to recognizing the complexity of the contemporary United States. She has used a variety of social science methods – participant observation, in-depth interviewing, survey research, field experiments, and geographic information systems (GIS) – to shed light on this question.

She has published four books and dozens of research articles, earning five national book awards and numerous other awards. She has consulted for presidential campaigns and statewide ballot efforts and has partnered with over a dozen community organizations working to empower low-income communities of color. Through those partnerships, she has developed a set of best practices for engaging and mobilizing voters in these communities, becoming one of the nation’s foremost experts on political engagement within communities of color.

Her current projects include: a multi-year study of Integrated Voter Engagement efforts conducted by six community organizations in California (with Marisa Abrajano, UC San Diego); the development of a multi-dimensional data system, called Data for Social Good, that can be used to track and improve organizing efforts on the ground; and the creation of a university-based center (the Center on Democracy and Organizing) to support academics interested in conducting research in partnership with practitioners and that centers addressing inequality (with Hahrie Han, Johns Hopkins University; and Taeku Lee, UC Berkeley).

Professor García Bedolla earned her PhD in political science from Yale University and her BA in Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

Due to her appointment as Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division effective July 1, 2019, Professor García Bedolla is not accepting any new graduate students at this time.



Carlson, T., M. Abrajano, and L. García Bedolla. 2020. Talking Politics: Political Discussion Networks and the New American Electorate. New York: Oxford University    Press, forthcoming.

García Bedolla, L. Latino Politics, 3rd edition. Cambridge, UK: Polity, forthcoming.

García Bedolla, L. 2014. Latino Politics, 2nd edition. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

García Bedolla, L. and M. R. Michelson. 2012. Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns. New Haven: Yale University Press.

García Bedolla, L. 2009. Latino Politics. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

García Bedolla, L. 2005. Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Abrajano, M., T. Carlson, L. García Bedolla, S. Oklobdzija, S. Turney. 2019. "When campaigns call, who answers? Using observational data to enhance our understanding of phone mobilization." Electoral Studies (published online April 2019).

Mallet, M. and L. García Bedolla. 2019. “Transitory Legality: The Health Implications of Ending DACA.” California Journal of Politics and Policy 11(2): 1-25.

Quinn, R., M. Hopkins, and L. García Bedolla. 2017. “The Politics of Immigration and Education.” Education Policy 31 (6): 707-715.

García Bedolla, L. and J. Andrade. 2017. “The Invisible Hand of History: Pluralism, Power, and Inequality.” PS: Political Science and Politics 50 (4): 1062-1067.

Michelson, M. R. and L. García Bedolla. 2014. “Mobilization by Different Means: Nativity and GOTV.” International Migration Review 48 (3): 710-727.

García Bedolla, L. 2012. “Latino Education, Civic Engagement, and the Public Good.” Review of Research in Education 36: 23-42.

García Bedolla, L. 2010. “Good Ideas Are Not Enough: Considering the Politics Underlying Students’ Postsecondary Transitions.” Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR) 15 (1 & 2): 9-26.

Michelson, M. R., L. García Bedolla, and M. McConnell.  2009. “Heeding the Call: The Effect of Targeted Two-Round Phonebanks on Voter Turnout.” Journal of Politics 71 (4): 1549-1563.

García Bedolla, L. and M. R. Michelson. 2009. “What Do Voters Need to Know? Testing the Role of Cognitive Information in Asian American Voter Mobilization.” American Politics Research 37 (2): 254-274.

García Bedolla, L., J. Lavariega Monforti, and A. Pantoja. 2007. “A Second Look: The Latina/o Gender Gap.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 28 (3 & 4): 147-171.

García Bedolla, L. and B. Scola. 2006. “Finding Intersection: Race, Class, and Gender in the California Recall Vote.” Politics and Gender 2 (1): 5-27.

Alvarez, R. M. and L. García Bedolla. 2004. “The Revolution against Affirmative Action in California: Politics, Economics, and Proposition 209.”State Politics and Policy Quarterly 4 (1): 1-17.

García Bedolla, L. 2003. “The Identity Paradox: Latino Language, Politics, and Selective Dissociation.” Latino Studies 1 (2): 264-283.

Alvarez, R. M. and L. García Bedolla. 2003. “The Foundations of Latino Voter Partisanship: Evidence from the 2000 Elections.” Journal of Politics 65 (1): 31-49.

García Bedolla, L. 2000. “They and We: Identity, Gender, and Politics among Latino Youth in Los Angeles.” Social Science Quarterly 81 (1): 106-222.


García Bedolla, L. 2014. “How an Intersectional Approach May Help to Transform the University.” Politics & Gender 10 (3): 447-455.

García Bedolla, L. and K. Haynie. 2013. “The Obama Coalition and the Future of American Politics.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 1 (1): 128-133.

García Bedolla, L. 2011. “Educating Immigrant Children: the American DREAM Deferred?” Teachers College Record, http://www.tcrecord.orgID Number: 16310.

García Bedolla, L. 2009. “Why U.S. Foreign Policy Matters: Latino Migration to the United States.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies (spring): 50-55.

García Bedolla, L. 2007. “Intersections of Inequality: Understanding Marginalization and Privilege in the Post Civil-Rights Era.” Politics and Gender 3 (2): 232-248.

García Bedolla, L. 2005. “The Gender, Race, and Ethnic Implications of Initiative Policymaking in California.” California Policy Issues Annual 6: 21-33.

García Bedolla, L. 2005. “Resources and Civic Engagement: the Importance of Social Capital for Latino Political Incorporation.” Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy 17: 41-54.

García Bedolla, L. and C. Uhlaner. 2004. “Is the Personal Political? Gender, Sexual Misconduct, and the California Recall.” PS: Political Science and Politics 37 (1): 15-18.

Interest and Professional Affiliations

Achievement Issues

At-Risk Youth

Bilingual Education

Cultural Studies

Democratic Education


Educational Equity

Ethnic Issues

Gender Equity

History of Education

Immigrant Issues


Multicultural Education

Participatory Research

Politics of School Structure and Governance

Public Engagement

Qualitative Methods

School-University Collaboration

Service Learning and Experiential Education

Urban Schooling

professor lisa garcia bedolla smiling at camera wearing lavender top


PhD, Yale University, Political Science

BA, University of California, Berkeley, Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature


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