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, Unemployment


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

Le Point International
This electorate, traditionally Democrats, is very courted by the Republicans and could prove decisive for the whole of the United States.
Latin Times
Hispanic voters are hoping for a turnaround in the balance of power in the U.S. Midterm elections. With the Senate race about to come down to a few key states, political analysts are eyeing Hispanic voters to tip the balance in their favor.
Nevada is one of a handful of states that could decide who wins the U.S. Congress in Tuesday's midterm elections. And Latino voters can decide who wins in the state.
Canadian Public Radio
The Latin American community is growing rapidly. Their vote will be decisive, in several states. They could decide the balance of power in Congress. Report by Jean-Sébastien Cloutier.

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