Bernard Fraga

Bernard Fraga , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Indiana University

Dr. Bernard L. Fraga is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. He received his B.A. in political science and linguistics from Stanford University in 2008, and his Ph.D. in government and social policy from Harvard University in 2013. Dr. Fraga studies American elections, examining voter turnout, racial/ethnic politics, and the impact of election laws on voters.

His 2018 book “The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America” provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of race and voter turnout, examining America's four largest racial and ethnic groups and voting patterns from the 1800s to the present. “The Turnout Gap” documents large and persistent racial/ethnic gaps in participation and explains the causes and consequences of these disparities. Dr. Fraga’s research related to these topics has also been published in leading scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the Stanford Law Review.

Findings from his work on race and elections have also been featured in various media outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Dr. Fraga also conducts work on who runs for office, youth voter turnout, voter file-based methodologies, partisan competition, and other topics related to contemporary American electoral politics. Dr. Fraga has won multiple awards for his research, including the Midwest Political Science Association Lucius Barker Award and the Latina/o Caucus Early Career Award.

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