Rodney Hero is the Raul Yzaguirre Chair in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. His research and teaching focus on American democracy and politics, especially as viewed through the analytical lenses of Latino Politics, Racial/Ethnic Politics, State and Urban Politics, and Federalism. His book, "Latinos and the U.S. Political System: Two-tiered Pluralism," received the American Political Science Association's [APSA] 1993 Ralph J. Bunche Award. He also authored "Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics" (which was selected for the APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Award in 1999), and "Racial Diversity and Social Capital: Equality and Community in America" (2007). And his 2013 co-authored book, "Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics: Beyond Conflict or Cooperation," was chosen for the 2014 'Best Book on Latino Politics Award' given by the Latino Caucus of the APSA. He has also authored and co-authored a number of articles in scholarly journals, and chapters in edited books, and was a co-principal investigator on the Latino National Survey (completed in 2006). He has also served on the editorial board of a number of major political science journals.
He previously held faculty positions as professor of political science and the Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy at the University of California, Berkeley (2010-17); the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2000-10); at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1989-2000); and at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1980-87).