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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Center for Latin American Studies
Vargas’ interdisciplinary research agenda is driven by questions about racialization and racial boundaries. He is studying how different groups of Latina/os are perceived racially and how these distinct experiences of race are associated with Latina/os’ racial ideologies, attitudes regarding immigration policy, and the racial/ethnic and socioeconomic makeup of close personal networks. Vargas also is researching issues related to racial contestation, the experience whereby one’s personal racial identity does not match how they are perceived racially by others.