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Jose Sanchez

José Rámón Sánchez

Chair, Urban Studies DepartmentProfessor of Political Science

B.A., Columbia UniversityM.A., University of MichiganPh.D., New York University


A political theorist who has concentrated on urban political economy, American politics and the nature of power, Sánchez is a respected authority on Puerto Rican and Latino politics. He has published widely in those fields and is author of the book “Boricua Power: A Political History of Puerto Ricans in the United States,” published by New York University Press. He is also co-author and co-editor of “The Iraq Papers,” published by Oxford University Press. He is a dedicated teacher and recipient of the David E. Newton Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Sánchez is also the chair of the Urban Studies Program at LIU. He has served on the board of directors of a number of organizations, including the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, as well as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. He is currently on the boards of the Myrtle Avenue Redevelopment Corporation and is chair of the board for the National Institute for Latino Policy. He blogs at


Political Theory, Power, Puerto Rican Politics, Political Science Methods and Writing, Urban Studies, Housing


  • Author, “Notice of Eviction: The History of Puerto Rican Housing in New York City 1920-1980,” published in Centro Journal
  • Author, “The Permanent Housing Shortage: The New York Experience”
  • Author, “Puerto Ricans and the Door of Participation in U.S. Politics,” published in “Hispanic Cultures of the United States”
  • Author, “Puerto Rican Politics in New York: A Critique of Second Hand Theory,” published in “Latinos in New York”
  • Author, “Boricua Power; A Political History of Puerto Ricans in the United States”
  • Co-author, “The Iraq Papers”