Jaime Sánchez, Jr.
Jaime Sánchez, Jr. is a historian of the 20th Century United States, with a particular focus on the intersection of politics, elections, and race. His current research examines the historical development of the Democratic Party and presidential elections. Other research interests include Latino history, citizenship, and identity formation. In March 2018, he was named a History of American Democracy Fellow with the Tobin Project based out of Cambridge, MA as part of its Institutions of Democracy initiative. In addition to his academic work, Sánchez is a presidential appointee to the Social Science Research Council’s Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program Planning and Advisory Committee.
Prior to Princeton, Sánchez worked as a Research Analyst for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, DC. Sánchez was the first in his family to attend college, and received his B.A. in history at the University of Chicago through the Questbridge National College Match Scholarship. His B.A. thesis, “Contested Constituency: Latino Politics and Panethnic Identity Formation in the 1983 Chicago Mayoral Election of Harold Washington,” was the winner of the University of Chicago's Cox-Just Prize and is published in the University’s journal Chicago Studies. Born and raised in Fresno, California, Sánchez is the proud son of Mexican immigrants.