Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga is a doctoral student in political science and a Health Policy Doctoral Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, where she studies American politics, race, ethnicity and politics, public policy, and political communication.
Gomez-Aguinaga served as a research assistant for several years in different organizations such as the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC, providing support for the U.S. Immigration Policy Program on issues such as immigration enforcement and deferred action; the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco, CA, doing research on immigration enforcement policies, unaccompanied minors and the DACA program; and the Cross Border Issues Group, conducting field work in Southern and Western Mexico to study migration from Mexico and Central America to the United States. Throughout the years, Gomez-Aguinaga has worked with refugees from Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa, immigrant victims of crimes, international students and scholars, and undocumented and first-generation college students in multiple organizations, including the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, the Refugee Well-Being Project, and the Global Education Office at the University of New Mexico.
Gomez-Aguinaga’s current research projects explore the impact of presidential campaigns on the Latino electorate, the effects of descriptive representation of women of color, as well as the intersection of news media consumption and political behavior among ethno-racial groups in the United States. Her research has been published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, the Migration Information Source, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
- Sanchez, Gabriel R., and Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga. “Latino Rejection of the Trump Campaign: How Trump’s Racialized Rhetoric Mobilized the Latino Electorate as Never Before.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. (Forthcoming 2017)
- Sanchez, Gabriel R., Edward D. Vargas, Melina D. Juarez, Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga, and Francisco I. Pedraza. 2017. “Nativity and Citizenship Status Affect Latinos' Health Insurance Coverage Under the ACA.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1-18.
Edited Book Volume Chapters
- Sanchez, Gabriel R., and Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga. “The Latino Rejection of the Trump Campaign: The Biggest Voter Gap on Record” in Gabriel R. Sanchez (eds.) Latinos and the 2016 Election. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. (Forthcoming).
Other Scholarly Works
- Gomez-Aguinaga, Barbara. “Stepping into the Vacuum: State and Cities Act on Immigration, But Do Restrictions Work?” Migration Policy Institute’s Migration Information Source. November 3, 2016. Available online.
- Hipsman, Faye, Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga, and Randy Capps. “DACA at Four: Participation in the Deferred Action Program and Impacts on Recipients.” Migration Policy Institute. August 2016. Available online.
- Sanchez, Gabriel R., Sam Howarth, Maria Livaudais, and Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga “Cost of Health Care Remains a Major Issue among Hispanics in New Mexico.” October 26, 2015.. Available online.
Submitted for Publication
- Juarez, Melina D., Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga, and Sonia Bettez. “Localities and the Immigrant Detention Center Complex: Profits Over Communities?” (R&R with Journal on Migration and Human Security)
- Juarez, Melina D., Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga, and Gabriel R. Sanchez. “ACA Exclusion of Unauthorized Immigrants Impacts Their Poverty, Health” (Submitted to the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis)
Manuscripts in Preparation
- Gomez-Aguinaga, Barbara. “The Politics of Spanish-Language Media Consumption among Latinos: Perceptions of Immigration Reform and Terrorism.” (to be submitted to Politics, Groups and Identities)
- Gomez-Aguinaga, Barbara, and Wendy L. Hansen. “Descriptive Representation and Political Efficacy: An Intersectional Analysis of Race and Gender” (to be submitted to Politics and Gender)
- Gomez-Aguinaga, Barbara. “The Politics of Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants in New Mexico.”
- Juarez, Melina D., Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga, and Gabriel R. Sanchez. “ACA Exclusion of Unauthorized Immigrants Impacts Their Poverty, Health” (to be submitted to The Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis)
- Sanchez, Gabriel R., Melina Juarez, Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga, and Maria Livaudais. “Racial and Ethnic Variation in Health and Well-Being Across Connecticut: Utilization of The DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey’s “Five Connecticuts” Measure” (policy brief to be submitted to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy)
- Sanchez, Gabriel R., Florence E. Castillo, Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga, Lia Abeita-Sanchez, and Eric Griego. “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in New Mexico: A Landscape Analysis of the Current Infrastructure for STEM Education and Opportunities for Growth Into the Future” (policy brief)
- Sanchez, Gabriel R. Stephanie Maez, Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga, Jeremiah Simmons, Mario J. Chavez, and Justina Avila. “Enhancing Native American Budget and Policy Analysis Capacity in New Mexico: A Comprehensive Study of Current Capacity in the State and a Discussion of Various Models that Could Increase New Mexico’s Capacity” (policy brief to be submitted to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy)