Benjamin Marquez

Position title: Professor | American Politics


Phone: (608) 263-2389

403 North Hall

Affiliated with Chicano/Latino Studies Program


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983

M.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976

B.A. University of Texas, 1975

Research Interests:

Cause Lawyers, Immigration, Identity, Latinos, Mexican Americans, Philanthropy, Race, Social Movements, Texas


His teaching and research interests are in political sociology and American politics. He has published extensively on Latinos and American politics; his research has focused on Mexican American social movement organizations. He is currently the Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.  He published research on political mobilization in South El Paso, Texas, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Phoenix and several communities in Texas.  His latest book, Democratizing Texas Politics:  Race, Identity, and Mexican American Empowerment, 1945-2002, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2014.  His current project is a book on the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).


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



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

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