I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My father and mother immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s without any other extended family members. My father is from Perú, and mother is from England. I earned my B.A. at the University of California, San Diego with a major in Political Science. I earned my Ph.D from Cornell in the Government Department under the supervision of Professor Michael Jones-Correa. During my dissertation fieldwork I lived in Washington, DC for 15 months between 2006 and 2007 to conduct interviews on Capitol Hill and archival research at the Library of Congress. I live with my husband, Geoff Wallace, and two tween children in Seattle. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music, cooking, hiking, traveling, and exploring the PNW.
Formal Bio: Sophia Jordán Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research interests include the politics of race and ethnicity, Latino politics, immigration politics and policy, representation, and the immigrant rights protests of 2006. Her work has been published in various journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Politics, Groups, and Identities, Political Science Quarterly, American Politics Research, and Social Science Quarterly. She is currently working on a book, entitled, United We Stand: Latino Representation in Congress. Her work has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.