Yamil Velez

Yamil Velez

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Monroe 468

Areas of Expertise

Immigration, political geography, and political psychology


Yamil Velez's research explores how people perceive their local communities, and how those perceptions shape the way they think about politics. He has published articles on the political effects of immigration, gentrification, and natural disasters in outlets such as the Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Political Research Quarterly.


Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2015



2018. “Nothing to Fear? Anxiety, Numeracy, and Demographic Perceptions.” With Students in my 2017 Political Science by the Numbers class at Wesleyan University. Forthcoming, Research & Politics.

2017. “Assessing Contextual Measurement Strategies.” With Grace Wong. Journal of Politics 79 (3):1084-1089.

2017. “Racial Diversity and the Dynamics of Authoritarianism.” With Howard Lavine. Journal of Politics 79 (2):519-533.

2016. “Diversification of a Different Kind: Gentrification and Its Impact on Social Capital and Political Engagement in Black Communities.” With Ben Newman and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz. Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 1 (2):1-32.

2015. “Ethnic Change, Personality, and Polarization over Immigration in the American Public.” With Christopher Johnston and Ben Newman. Public Opinion Quarterly 79 (3): 662-686.

2015. “Are Citizens Receiving the Treatment? Assessing a Key Link in Contextual Theories of Public Opinion and Political Behavior.” With Ben Newman, Todd Hartman, and Alexa Bankert. Political Psychology 36 (1): 123-131.

2014. “Group Size vs. Change? Assessing Americans’ Perception of Local Immigration.” With Ben Newman. Political Research Quarterly 67 (2): 293-303.

2013. “Sandy the Rainmaker: The Electoral Impact of a Superstorm.” With David Martin. PS: Political Science & Politics 46 (2): 313-23.

2012. “Independent Leaners: Ideals, Myths, and Reality.” With Helmut Norpoth. The Forum 10 (3): 1-20.

Classes Taught

Place and Politics; Political Psychology and Persuasion; Racial and Ethnic Politics