Clark University political science professor Heather Silber Mohamed received the 2019 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Latino/a Caucus Early Career Award at the MPSA annual meeting in Chicago on April 5. The award recognizes a pre-tenure Latino politics scholar who has contributed significant research to the discipline.
Silber Mohamed tweeted that she was “deeply honored” to receive the award, and she thanked the Caucus, and outgoing president Betina Wilkinson for her leadership and community-building. Silber Mohamed is starting her second year as treasurer of the organization.
An assistant professor in the Political Science Department at Clark, Silber Mohamed’s research interests include immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, and identity politics in the U.S., with a focus on the influence of race, class, and gender. She is the author of “The New Americans?: Immigration, Protest, and the Politics of Latino Identity” and several peer-reviewed journal articles on immigration, reproductive issues, and gender and identity among Latinos in the U.S.
Silber Mohamed earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees from Brown University. She has been on the Clark faculty since 2013, and is affiliated with the Latin American and Latino Studies concentration and the program in Women’s and Gender Studies.
The MPSA Latino/a Caucus works to promote professional equity for Latinas/os working within political science and those who study the Latina/o/x political diaspora through the sponsorship of sessions at the annual MPSA meeting, as well as through work with the MPSA to promote the interests of Latina/o political scientists, by encouraging inclusive research around Latina/o political life, and serving as a network for members.