David L. Leal

Visiting Fellow

David L. Leal is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.  His primary academic interest is Latino politics, and his work explores the political and policy implications of demographic change in the United States.  He teaches classes on Latino Politics, Immigration Policy, Politics and Religion, and the U.S. Congress.  He has written one book, edited eight volumes, and published over forty articles in political science and other social science journals.  He has been an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of a U.S. senator, a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Japan, and a visitor at Nuffield College at Oxford University.  He is a member of the editorial boards of Social Science Quarterly and Education Next.  In 2013, he was named a Distinguished Alumni Scholar by Stanford University, where he received his undergraduate degree.  He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 1998.

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Will Brexit Break The "Special Relationship"?

by David L. Lealvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Britain unmoored from Europe may not be an enticing partner for Washington.