Benjamin Marquez

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His teaching and research interests are in race, ethnicity, political sociology and American politics. He has published extensively on Latinos and American politics; his research has focused on Mexican American social movement organizations, identity politics and political power. He is the former Director of the University of Wisconsin Chicano/Latino Studies Program. He has conducted research on political organizing in El Paso, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Phoenix and several other communities. He is a faculty affiliate and a former director of the Chicano/Latina Studies Program. He is also a faculty affiliate of the LaFollette School of Public Affairs.

He is the author of The Politics of Patronage: Lawyers, Philanthropy and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 1967-2000. (University of Texas Press, 2021). Winner of the 2022 Latino Politics Best Book Award. Latino Caucus of the American Political Science Association, 2022. Democratizing Texas Politics: Race, Identity, and Mexican American Empowerment, 1945-2002. (University of Texas Press 2014) National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies award winner; Mexican American Organizations and Identity Politics: Choosing Issues Taking Sides. (University of Texas Press, 2003); Winner of the 2004 Best Book Award by the Race, Ethnicity and Politics (REP) Section of the American Political Science Association; LULAC: The Evolution of a Mexican American Political Organization. (University of Texas Press, 1993), and Power and Politics in A Chicano Barrio: A Study of Mobilization Efforts and Community Power in South El Paso. (The University Press of America, 1985). His current research project is on contemporary Latino interest groups and advocacy organizations. His current book project is on Latino/a Nonprofit Organizations in the United States.


 PS 304 The Political Economy of Race in the United States Fall 2020
PS 302 Mexican-American Politics Fall 2019-2020
PS 231 Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies Spring 2018-2019
PS 416 Community Power and Grass Roots Politics Fall 2018-2019
PS 231 Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies Spring 2017-2018
PS 825 Race and Politics in the United States Fall 2017-2018
PS 231 Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies Spring 2016-2017
PS 464 Mexican-American Politics 2016-2017
PS 231 Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies Spring 2015-2016
PS 428 Community Power and Grassroots Politics Fall 2015-2016
PS 422 Latino History and Politics Fall 2015-2016



Outstanding Book Award National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Award for Non-Fiction


University Housing Honored Instructor


University Housing Honored Instructor


Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Faculty Fellow, 2014-15, UW-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities


Alpha Phi Professor Recognition Award, UW-Madison chapter