Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera


JN04BNA political scientist who specializes in American and Comparative political behavior, Dr. Navarro-Rivera has a diverse work and research portfolio.

He is a Senior Policy Analyst at Demos where his current research is on the power of big money in American elections. His research projects explore the impact of the American money in politics regime on the election of underrepresented groups to elective office, in particular candidates of color.

Dr. Navarro-Rivera is also interested in the intersection of race, religion and politics in the United States with a particular emphasis on the political behavior of the Nones (Americans with no religious affiliation), and the rise of Latinos with no religious affiliation. He is known as a leader in the field of secular studies with publications include many articles, book chapters, columns and research reports on issues of politics, race, and secularism in the U.S. and internationally. His research has been featured in national and international media, including The Washington Post, NBC Latino, O’Globo (Brazil), The Times (London), and Reforma (Mexico).

He belongs to several scholarly organizations including the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network. He serves on the editorial board of Secularism and Nonreligion, the first academic journal dedicated to the study of secularism, and on the advisory board of the Yale Humanist Community in Connecticut. He holds affiliations as research scholar at El Insituto: Institute of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at the University of Connecticut, and as research associate at the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture in Trinity College.