Edward Vargas

Edward D. Vargas

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Governance Studies

Edward D. Vargas is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. Vargas also serves as associate professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. His primary areas of interest are the effects of poverty and inequality on the quality of life, focusing specifically on health, immigration status, and social policy, and how these factors contribute to the well-being of vulnerable families. Vargas is also interested in the methodological issues involved in the quantitative study of race and ethnicity. To address these issues, Vargas has developed two programs of research: The first examines how anti-immigrant climate is impacting Latina/o health; the second examines methodological issues in the quantitative research on race and ethnicity among Latina/o populations. Additionally, Vargas currently serves as a Co-PI on the 2016 and 2020 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) funded by the National Science Foundation, as well as on the 2015 Latino National Health and Immigration Survey. He also serves as Co-PI on the Revising Office of Management and Budget Guidelines, the Census and Federal Administrative Data Collection to Include Intersectionality grant funded by the Robert W. Johnson Foundation.

  • Current Positions

    • Associate Professor in the School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Public Affairs (Policy Analysis and Public Finance), Indiana University
    • Master's in Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • B.S. in Public Affairs, Indiana University
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