Rudy Alamillo

Assistant Professor


Rudy Alamillo earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and joined the faculty at WWU in 2019. His research examines cross-racial campaign appeals in the United States, with a focus on non-Hispanic White candidate appeals to Hispanic voters. Dr. Alamillo’s research seeks to understand how non-Hispanic candidates racialize themselves to appeal to Hispanic voters, as well as how Hispanic voters de-racialize themselves to fit into American society. His research has appeared in Politics, Groups, and Identities and Sociology Compass, and has been covered by outlets such as NBC Latino and The Washington Post.

 Dr. Alamillo teaches a variety of courses in the American Politics and Public Policy subfield, as well as special courses in Comparative Politics such as the Politics of Mexico.

Research Interests

  • Race and Ethnicity; Latinx Politics; Political Behavior

Current Courses

PLSC 250, American Political System (Fall 2023)

PLSC 322, Latino Politics (Winter 2024)

PLSC 396, Politics of Mexico (Winter 2024)

PLSC 397H, Public Opinion and Mass Media (Spring 2024)

PLSC 366, Research in Politics (Spring 2024)

Selected Publications

Alamillo, Rudy, Chris Haynes, and Raul Madrid Jr. “Framing and immigration through the Trump era.” Sociology Compass 13.5 (2019): 1-11.

Alamillo, Rudy and Loren Collingwood. “Chameleon Politics: Social Identity and Racial Cross-Over Appeals.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 5.4 (2017): 533-560.


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