Political Science

Julia Albarracin

Julia Albarracin, Professor

Office: Morgan Hall 428
Phone: (309) 298-2566
Email: J-Albarracin@wiu.edu


Ph.D., University of Florida 2005

Julia Albarracín received her Law Degree from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (1989), her Master's in International Business from Universidad de Belgrano-École des Ponts (1997), and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida (2004). Dr. Albarracín has received numerous awards and is the 2022 WIU Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. Her main research interests include immigration, immigrant integration, undocumented populations, conspiracy theories, and Latinos in the United States. Dr. Albarracin currently co-directs the WIU Global Citizens: Illinois International Scholars Initiative funded by the Department of Education ($235,549) with Dr. Hector Maymi-Sugrañes.

Courses Taught

  • POLS 568-Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • POLS 267-Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
  • POLS 324-Politics of Immigration
  • POLS 329-Latin American Politics
  • POLS 400-Comparative Public Policy
  • POLS 101-Introduction to Political Science

Research Interests

Immigrant incorporation, immigration politics, nationalism, Latinas/os in the U.S.

Recent Publications


Deferred Action: The Roller Coaster Incorporation of DACA Recipients (NYU Press, under contract).

Creating Conspiracy Beliefs: How our Thoughts are shaped (with Dolores Albarracin, Sally Chang and Kathleen Jamieson) (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Making Immigrants in Modern Argentina (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020).

At the Core and in the Margins: The Incorporation of Mexican Immigrants in Two Rural Midwestern Communities. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2016.

Articles and Book Chapters

"Factors Shaping Second Language Acquisition Among Adult Mexican Immigrants in Rural"

"La población Latinx y la Pandemia: Factores Estructurales y Vulnerabilidad" (with Angelita Repetto). La Jiribilla, XIX, Nov 20, 2020.

"Immigrant Destinations." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 48(1): 85-104, 2019.

"Social Determinants of Health Care Coverage and Access among Mexican and Mexican American Women in the Chicago Area." Diálogo 21 (1): 2018.

"Do Independent Women Participate in Demonstrations More? Empowerment and Politics in Predicting. Activism among Mexican Women." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 39(3): 297-315, 2017.

"Determinants of Rural Latino Trust in the Federal Government" (with Nathan Munier and Keith Boeckelman), Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 37(3): 420-438, 2015.