Domingo Morel, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark. Professor Morel is a prolific writer. His book, Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy, published in 2018 by Oxford University Press, won the 2019 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book of the Year Award. That same year, Latino Mayors: Power and Political Change in the Postindustrial City, a volume co-edited with Brown Professor Marion Orr, was published by Temple University Press.
Prof. Morel and Prof. Matos’ research project, Dominican Political Incorporation in the United States, has received the NSA Fellowship Award. Theirs is a pioneering comprehensive study of Dominican communities across the U.S. and the factors that allow or disallow them to be viewed as political groups with legitimate claims. For their study, Prof. Matos and Prof. Morel will create two pioneering open-source databases: the first national database of Dominican elected and appointed officials in the U.S., and the first national database of Dominican community and civic organizations in the U.S. They will rely on the Dominican Library and Archives to create these databases, particularly for organizations that are no longer active but are nevertheless key contributors to Dominicans’ political maturity and integration into U.S. society.
Their research expands CUNY DSI’s tradition of documenting the incorporation of the Dominican people into mainstream U.S. society through the use of institutional data and quantitative analysis.