Political sociologist Mindy Romero to deliver Carleton convocation
In her presentation, “The Power of the Youth Vote,” she will explore how voters perceive, engage in, and seek to reinvent the electoral process using new technologies and forms of activism.
Political sociologist Mindy Romerowill deliver Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 16, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. over Zoom. In her presentation, “The Power of the Youth Vote,” she will explore how voters perceive, engage in, and seek to reinvent the electoral process using new technologies and forms of activism.
Romero is the founder and director of the Center for Inclusive Democracy (formerly the California Civic Engagement Project), a nonpartisan civic engagement research and outreach organization. Located at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, CID conducts a range of national and multi-state research initiatives exploring voting behavior, civic engagement, electoral and economic research, the intersection of social justice and democracy, and more.
As a political sociologist, Romero’s publications explore the shifting landscape of political representation in California. This includes the implications of a surging Latino electorate and the often unintended consequences of voting reforms on public participation in the electoral process. Her research has been cited in major news outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Politico, and the Huffington Post. She has also been a frequent guest on National Public Radio, Capital Public Radio, and several other NPR-affiliated stations in California. She is a regular op-ed contributor to the Sacramento Bee and CalMatters.
Romero works with a wide array of policymakers, elected officials, voter education groups, and community advocates to strengthen political participation and representation. She is currently an adjunct fellow of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and former member of its Statewide Advisory Committee. Romero is a member of the California Secretary of State’s Taskforce on the Voter’s Choice Act. She is the former Chair of Mutual Housing California and former Vice-Chair of the Social Services Commission for the City of Davis.
Romero received her BA, MA, and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Davis.
Convocation is sponsored by Carleton College Events. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308.