Jaime Sánchez, Jr. is a scholar of modern American political history. His dissertation explores the institutional development of the Democratic National Committee and coalition politics from Roosevelt to Reagan. Sánchez’s research agenda also includes work in U.S. Latino history, a teaching interest that he pursues as a host for the New Books in Latino Studies podcast. His published academic work is featured in the Journal of Policy History, Modern American History (forthcoming 2021), and American National Biography.
Sánchez is the recipient of several honors and fellowships, most recent of which is the 2020 Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies from the LBJ Foundation. In March 2019, he was named a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is also an alumnus of the Tobin Project’s History of American Democracy Fellowship and the Mellon Foundation’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF). 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. He was the first in his family to attend college, and received his B.A. with Honors in History from the University of Chicago in 2015. Born and raised in Fresno, California, Sánchez is the proud son of Mexican immigrants.