I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My father and mother immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s . 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 and my Ph.D from Cornell in the Government Department. I live with my husband, Geoff Wallace, and our two teens 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. She is the Director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR). Her research interests include the politics of race and ethnicity, Latino politics, immigration politics and policy, representation, and the immigrant rights protests of 2006. She is the co-author of Walls, Cages, and Family Separation: Race and Immigration Policy in the Trump Era (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Her work has been published in various journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, International Migration Review, 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 two books. One is entitled, United We Stand: Latino Representation in Congress. The other is called, Immigration Reform: Failure and Success in Congress. Her work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Dirksen Center, and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.