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Dr. Sergio Wals visits the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs to give a guest lecture. 


Title of the Lecture: "Racial and Ethnic Prejudice among Mexicans at Home and Abroad" 


Abstract: One of the primary research goals of this project in its early stages is to evaluate the pervasiveness of racial and ethnic prejudice among Latinos. In a first stage, the focus is specifically on Latinos of Mexican descent paying particular attention to first-generation Mexican immigrants in the United States. Because my prior research has consistently shown how these first-generation immigrants import political suitcases such as ideology, partisanship, and trust in government (Wals, 2011; 2013), I have reason to expect that racial and ethnic prejudice developed in the country of origin may also travel beyond borders along with them (McClain et al., 2006). Therefore, I will also evaluate the extent to which racial and ethnic prejudice is present among Mexicans living at home and whether there are substantial differences between “likely migrants” and the average population in Mexico.

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