John P. Tuman

Professor, 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

June 6, 2019
UNLV political scientist John Tuman is available to offer expert commentary on President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on Mexico, and how this will impact the automobile industry across North America.
Voice of America
October 25, 2018
When elections are over, the results are submitted to a meticulous post-mortem: What went wrong and what went right? Voter turnout is key, complacency is bad, and suitable candidates matter. In the age of President Donald Trump, heated rhetoric and name-calling matter too.
The Wall Street Journal‎
October 19, 2018
What We're Watching Trump's Schedule: President Trump is in Arizona today and holds another rally tonight. Expect him to discuss immigration and Justice Kavanaugh as he seeks to energize his base to vote.
Voice of America
October 17, 2018
Argelia Rico was 4 months old when her mother brought her and her 1-year-old sister across the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, fleeing domestic abuse in their native Morelia, Michoacán.

Articles Featuring John P. Tuman

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ResearchAugust 12, 2016
​Political science professor John Tuman on how the Latino immigrant vote might mean more than ever to candidates this season.
Campus NewsMarch 11, 2014
A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
ResearchJanuary 3, 2014
New UNLV Brookings Mtn. West report analyzes conditions that led to rapid joblessness among Latinos during economic downturn.
Campus NewsNovember 8, 2012
A collection of election-related news stories featuring faculty and students at UNLV.