John P. Tuman

Professor, Political Science
Associate Dean for Faculty, Department of Political Science
Expertise: Latin American Politics, NAFTA, Mexican and North American Automobile Industry, Immigration, Latino Politics, Foreign Aid


John P. Tuman is an expert on Latin America, with a focus on Mexico, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Mexican and North American automobile industry. Tuman has also conducted research on immigration from Latin American to the U.S. and political and civic engagement among Latin American immigrants and Latinos in the U.S.. He directed a study on civic engagement among Latin American immigrants in the Las Vegas area for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2008. More recently, he co-directed a project on Latinos in Nevada for Brookings Mountain-West. 

Tuman is the author of Reshaping the North American Automobile Industry: Restructuring, Corporatism and Union Democracy in Mexico, and Latin American Migrants in the Las Vegas Valley: Civic Engagement and Political Participation, and co-author of The Impact of the Great Recession on Nevada's Latino Community. He has also co-edited volumes on Latin American and published papers in a number of political science journals. He has also served as president for the Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies and the International Studies Association-West.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

John P. Tuman In The News

The Nevada Independent
March 9, 2022
Latino communities’ longstanding ties to Nevada date back centuries to the Old Spanish Trail, and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) wants to trace that history by hearing from community members about which places are most important to them and what can be done to help preserve them.
K.N.P.R. News
November 3, 2020
After a campaign year marked by a global pandemic, economic downturn, and social unrest, Election Day is finally here.
Las Vegas Review Journal
October 27, 2020
In 2020, the sleeping giant has awakened.
Wall Street Journal
October 9, 2020
Many hotel rooms on the Strip are empty, thousands of hospitality workers have been laid off, and whether President Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins Nevada’s six electoral votes could hinge on which party voters blame for the battered economy.

Articles Featuring John P. Tuman

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Campus News | January 5, 2021

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.

Campus News | November 5, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.

Campus News | September 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.

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Research | August 12, 2016

​Political science professor John Tuman on how the Latino immigrant vote might mean more than ever to candidates this season.