Rodney E. Hero is the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame; he served as chairperson of the department from Fall 2002 through Spring 2007. His research focuses on U.S. Democracy and Politics, especially as viewed through the analytical lenses of Latino and Ethnic/Minority Politics, State/Urban Politics, and Federalism. He has published a number of research articles on these topics in scholarly journals, most recently including “Immigration and the Evolving American Welfare State: Examining Policies in the U.S. States,” in the American Journal of Political Science (51, 3, July 2007). His book, Latinos and the U.S. Political System: Two-tiered Pluralism, received the American Political Science Association's 1993 Ralph J. Bunche Award. He also authored Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics, which was selected for the APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Award in 1999. He is also co-author of MultiEthnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (2006) and author of Racial Diversity and Social Capital: Equality and Community in America (2007). He has served on the editorial boards of several prominent political science journals. Hero is currently (2007-08) President of the Midwest Political Science Association, and also served as a Vice President of the American Political Science Association (2003-2004).