Jesus Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz

In addition to teaching classes at RISD on Latino studies and American government, J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz is research director at the Latino Policy Institute and an instructor at Roger Williams University, where his teaching focuses on the challenges of democracy. He’s a guest reviewer for the Poverty and Social Protection Conference organized by the Tomorrow People Organization. Tirado-Alcaraz was born and raised in Mexico and lived in Texas for eight years, where he completed his doctoral studies and got his first job as a professor in an American university. In 2015 he moved to Rhode Island and now considers Providence his home. He has volunteered at DORCAS International Institute in the refugee program and citizenship clinics. He enjoys cooking, particularly when experimenting with new recipes, and he also finds joy doing outdoor activities.

Academic research/areas of interest

Tirado-Alcaraz’ research focuses on the political economy of social assistance, migration and race/ethnicity relations. He is interested in the evaluation of public policies that, although well intended, perpetuate economic and social inequalities. He has collaborated on research projects about environmental conflicts in Latin America, where international corporations have used the media to justify their actions at the expense of displacing marginalized indigenous communities. More recently he has conducted two reports on Latino entrepreneurs in Rhode Island and a policy analysis of issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented Rhode Islanders. He’s currently working on a research project about older adults in Rhode Island living in nursing homes and Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). He coauthored the book Environmental News in South America: Conflict, Crisis and Contestation (Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication). His work has also been published in The Journal of Community Informatics and Journal of Social Research and Policy.

Fall 2018 Courses

  • HPSS-S148-01 The Fourth Estate: Mass Media Politics

Wintersession 2019 Courses

  • HPSS-W427-01 American Government: What You Need To Know For The Next Election

Spring 2019 Courses

  • HPSS-S101-15 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • HPSS-S101-16 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences


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