Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Associate Professor
Room 446
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Knowledge and Culture, Latinx Politics and Identity, Political Sociology, Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods

Born and raised in Chicago, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz is an associate professor of sociology. He is part of Berkeley’s Latinx and Democracy cluster and co-director of the Latinx Social Science Pipeline initiative. 

He received his PhD from Brown University, my MA from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and my BA from Northeastern Illinois University.

His research and teaching explore the politics of racial knowledge, primarily in Latinx communities and movements. He is currently engaged in several ongoing solo and collaborative projects, including:

  1. The afterlives of Puerto Rican diasporic anticolonialism and state repression
  2. The transformation of demographic imaginaries and contemporary population politics
  3. The racialization of political trust
  4. The epistemic and methodological foundations of Du Boisian sociology. 

In addition, he is actively involved in building a Puerto Rican-focused community archive in Humboldt Park, Chicago.

Representative Publications


Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2021. Figures of the Future: Latino Civil Rights and the Politics of Demographic Change. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

  • Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award, Sociology of Population Section of the American Sociological Association, 2023
  • Winner of the Mary Douglas Book Prize, Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, 2022
  • Co-Winner of the Best Book Award, Latino/a Section of the American Sociological Association, 2022
  • Honorable Mention for the Charles Tilly Distinguished Book Award, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association, 2022



Díaz McConnell, Eileen and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz. 2023. “Demographic Projections and Popular Sentiments in a “Majority-Minority” U.S. State: A Research Brief.” Population Research and Policy Review. 42(98): 1-14.

Díaz McConnell, Eileen and Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2023. “Between Demographic Optimism and Pessimism?  Exploring ‘Neither Good nor Bad’ Responses about Future Ethnoracial Diversification Among U.S. Whites.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 20(1): 163-190.

de Leon, Cedric and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz. 2022. “The Political Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois.” in The Oxford Handbook of W.E.B. Du Bois, edited by Aldon Morris, Walter Allen, Karida Brown, Dan Green, Marcus Anthony Hunter, Cheryl Johnson-Odim, and Michael Schwartz. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mora, G. Cristina, Julie Dowling, and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz. 2021. “‘Mostly Rich White Men, Nothing in Common’: Latino Views on Political (Under)Representation in the Trump Era.” American Behavioral Scientist 65(1): 1180-1192.

Rodríguez-Muñiz, Michael. 2020. “Towards a Political Sociology of Demography.” Pp. 384-407 in The New Handbook of Political Sociology: States, Parties, Movements, Citizenship and Globalization, edited by Thomas Janoski, Cedric de Leon, Joya Misra, and Isaac Martin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.