Department of Political Science

Alfonso Gonzales

E-mail address:
Phone Number: (718) 960-7128
Office: Carman Hall, Room 363B
Rank:Assistant Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Background

Dr. Alfonso Gonzales comes to CUNY after completing post doctoral work at New York University. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of California Los Angeles (2008) and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University (2002). He was born in Tijuana, Mexico and migrated to Southern California as a young child.

Research and Publications

Professor Gonzales’ scholarly interests are in Latino and Latin American politics, migration control, and migrant social movements in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America from the lens of neo-Gramscian theory, global political economy, and critical race theory. He is particularly interested in what the politics of migration control broadly conceived, which includes policing, asylum, detention, deportation, and the rights of migrants, mean for democracy, human rights, and racial justice.

Dr. Gonzales is currently finishing a book on the politics of post-911 migration control and Latino migrant activism that is under contract with Oxford University Press. His earlier research has been published in the Journal of Latino Studies, the North American Congress on Latin America - Report on the Americas, and with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

Professor Gonzales is a renowned speaker and has lectured at major universities and conferences in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. He has lectured on aspects of his research at Cornell University, Rutgers, the University of Chicago, University of Arizona, Florida International University, the Autonomous University of Mexico, the National Institute of History and Anthropology of Mexico, the University of Tarragona Spain, among other institutions and conferences.


At Lehman College
  • Latino Politics
  • Introduction to American Government
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Neo-Gramscian Thought in the Americas (Independent Study)
Courses in Development
  • Latino and Latin American Political Thought
  • Problems and Research Design in Latino Politics
  • Politics of Mexico and Central America
  • State Theory and its Critics
Courses Taught at Other Higher Education Institutions
  • Migration, Displacement and Asylum (Graduate Course, New School for Social Research)
  • Approaches to Latino Studies (New York University)
  • Latino Youth, Migration, and Policing (New York University)
  • MAP Introduction to Latino Studies (co-taught with Professor Juan Flores, New York University)

Last modified: Nov 16, 2012

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