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Robert R. Preuhs


Department of Political Science

Metropolitan State University of Denver




Dr. Robert Preuhs is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  His research focuses on issues of representation and democracy through the lens of racial and ethnic politics, state and national political institutions, and public policy. 



Preuhs’ publications have appeared in the leading peer-reviewed journals in the discipline of political science, such as The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly.  He has also co-authored (along with Rodney E. Hero) Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics:  Beyond Conflict or Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2013), the first study of minority inter-group relations at the national level.  He regularly contributes commentary and expertise to regional, national and international media outlets and has been quoted in The New York Times and appeared on PBS, among others.



Preuhs received his Ph.D. (2001) and M.A. (1999) in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, specializing in American politics, public policy and research methodology.  He holds a Master of Public Administration degree (1996) from the University of New Mexico, with a concentration in Budgeting and Program Evaluation.  His B.A. (1992, cum laude) was granted by Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  Prior to coming to MSU-Denver in the fall of 2007, Dr. Preuhs taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver.




Recent Publications

Congress Reconsidered

“Black-Latino Relations in Congress: Examining Inter-Minority Group Relations in Institutional Context.” In Congress Reconsidered, 11th Edition.  Eds. Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce L. Oppenheimer.  2017

“Contesting Colorado: The Politics of Change in the Centennial State.” In Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter.  Ed. David Schultz and Stacey Hunter-Hecht. 2015. Co-Authors: Norman Provizer and Andy Thangasamy.


Latinos and the 2012 Election cover

“The 2012 Latino Vote in Colorado.”  In Latinos and the 2012 Election: The New Face of the American Voter.”  Ed. Gabriel R. Sanchez.  2015.


Black–Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics

Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics (Cambridge 2013) with Rodney E. Hero. ***Awarded Best Book on Latino Politics by the Latino Caucus of the APSA***


Irreplaceable Legislators?  Rethinking Minority Representatives in the New Century” (AJPS 2012) with Eric Gonzalez-Juenke


Quoted in the Media

The Denver Channel. Politics Unplugged. Trump’s 100 Days (April 2017)


The Denver Channel. Government Shutdown April 4, 2017.


 Telemundo.  Key Presidential Election States.  Sept. 2016.


The Denver Channel. Politics Unplugged.  Jan 23. 2016.


The Denver Post, October 29, 2014. “Latino voter turnout to have bearing on races in Colorado.”


Brian Lehrer TV, June 16, 2014.  


Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 3, 2013, “Government shutdown may hit the poor hard. Will states ride to rescue?”


New York Times, May 9, 2013, “ Colorado Lawmakers Approve Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants”


De Standaard (Belgium), April 19, 2013, “Gun Lobby Kills Obama’s Proposals”


New York Times, Oct. 25, 2012, “Campaigns Find That for Many Latinas, Issues Are Personal, and Financial”


Financial Times, Oct. 24, 2012, “US election: A swing state a mile high.”


NPR, Oct. 19, 2012, “For Hispanics, a question of turnout.”


Al Jazeera, Updated Nov. 4, 2012, “Poor US economy takes toll on Latino support.”  Featured in extended interview.


PBS, WGBH, August 28, 2012, “Your Vote 2012: The Latino Vote.”



























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