Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Social Equity in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Her research examines the ways in which race, politics and media impact the public policy-making process in the United States. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. Her research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy, the Center for Social Policy, and the Center for Regional Studies at UNM.

Dr. Gomez-Aguinaga served as Independent Research Contractor at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico, conducting research on the use of solitary confinement across the state. Before academia, she served as research assistant 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.

Her current research projects examine the outcomes of health, immigration and criminal justice policies on ethno-racial minorities, with an emphasis on Latinos and immigrants, and the attitudes of minority groups towards politics and public policies. Dr. Gomez-Aguinaga’s research has been published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and is forthcoming in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, and Social Science Quarterly.

Dr. Gomez-Aguinaga’s research examines the intersection of the public policy-making process and the politics of minority groups. She is specifically interested in analyzing the ways in which ethno-racial minorities are impacted by differential policy outcomes. Her research projects in this area have focused on immigration, health and the criminal justice system. In addition to academic publications, her research in this area has been featured in prominent newspapers such as The New York Times and NBC News, has led to recent policy changes to the criminal justice system in the state of New Mexico, and has been cited in congressional hearings and testimonies addressing the incorporation of immigrant youth.

Her second area of research examines the attitudes of minority groups towards politics and public policies, with an emphasis on Latinos and immigrants. Dr. Gomez-Aguinaga’s projects in this area examine the media effects of Spanish-language news media on policy salience and political attitudes of US Latinos. Her research in this area has been published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and the Journal of Race Ethnicity and Politics, and is forthcoming in Social Science Quarterly.

choose your poison

- Politics of Ethnic Groups (POLS 300), Spring 2019 (45 students)

- Public Policy and Administration (POLS 270), Fall 2018 (51 students)

- Hispanics in U.S. Politics (POLS 308) w/Dr. Gabriel R. Sanchez, Fall 2018

- Health Policy and Politics (POLS 376) w/Dr. McFarlane, Spring 2017

- American Politics (POLS 200) with Dr. Jessica T. Feezell, Spring 2016

- Research Seminar in Race, Ethnicity, and US Campaigns and Elections (POLS 511) with Dr. Gabriel R. Sanchez, Fall 2016