Luis Ricardo Fraga

Luis Ricardo Fraga is the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and Professor of Political Science and a leading thinker in the field of Latino Studies. Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he attended public schools, he went on to receive degrees from Harvard University and Rice University, and has served as faculty at the University of Washington, Stanford University, and the University of Oklahoma. His primary interests include the politics of race and ethnicity in America, Latino politics, immigration and education policy, voting rights, and urban politics. He has authored several scholarly articles and books, most recently having co-authored Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences (Cambridge University Press 2012).


Fraga’s work in the political sphere has been recognized by our most high-profile leaders, including President Barack Obama, who appointed him to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in 2011. The Commission’s work focuses on developing plans and priorities for President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the improvement of educational attainment for Latinos in America. That year, he was also named as one of the top “100 Influentials” by Hispanic Business. He has received numerous other honors, including co-charing the Immigrant Voting Rights Task Force and serving on the board of the Fulcrum Foundation.

The Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor in Transformative Latino Leadership was established by The Arthur Foundation. The Arthur Foundation strives to be an agent of positive change through its support of high-quality, leading-edge programs in education, healthcare, and medical research.