Faculty Biography

Heather Silber Mohamed, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508-793-7797
Email: hsilbermohamed@clarku.edu

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B.A., Tufts University, 1998
M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science, 2002
M.A., Brown University, 2008
Ph.D., Brown University, 2012

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Silber Mohamed's research interests include Latino politics, immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, and identity politics in the U.S., with a focus on the influence of race, class, and gender. Her ongoing research projects also explore media coverage of immigrants as well as the intersection of religion and politics, including the politics of assisted reproductive technologies (for instance, In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF). She teaches courses on American government, Latino politics, women and politics, immigration policy, research methods, and the politics of food. Her book, The New Americans?: Immigration, Protest, and the Politics of Latino Identity (University Press of Kansas, 2017), focuses on the wave of Latino-led protests that occurred across the United States in 2006 in response to an immigration bill pending before the U.S. Congress. Her book was named the best book of 2017 by the American Political Science Association's Latino Caucus, and in 2019, she received the Early Career Award from the Midwest Political Science Association's Latina/o Caucus.

Dr. Silber Mohamed's research is supported by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University as well as the American Political Science Association. Her work has been covered in national media outlets including the Washington Post and the Boston Globe.

Dr. Silber Mohamed is a Contributing Editor for Politics, Groups, and Identities and serves on the American Political Science Association’s Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession. At Clark, she is affiliated with the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies (CGRAS), the Latin American and Latinx Studies concentration, and the program in Women's and Gender Studies. Dr. Silber Mohamed also worked for six years as a policy adviser on Capitol Hill, in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.


Silber Mohamed, Heather. 2017. The New Americans?: Immigration, Protest, and the Politics of Latino Identity. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Silber Mohamed, Heather and Erin Heidt-Forsythe. 2022. “Legacies of Mistrust?: Race, Ethnicity, and Public Opinion Toward Reproductive Technologies.Public Opinion Quarterly.

Emily M. Farris and Heather Silber Mohamed. Spring 2022. “Race and the Rush to Reopen Schools During COVID-19.” Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. 29(1). 

Lucas, Jennifer E., and Heather Silber Mohamed. 2021. “Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and the Racialization of Attitudes towards Descriptive Representation.” American Politics Research. 49(5): 517-533.

Holman, Mirya, Erica Podrazik, and Heather Silber Mohamed. 2020. “Choosing Choice: How Gender and Religiosity Shape Abortion Attitudes Among Latinos.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. 5(2): 384-411. 

Silber Mohamed, Heather, and Emily M. Farris. 2020. “Bad Hombres? An Examination of Identities in U.S. Media Coverage of Immigration.Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 46(1): 158-176

Farris, Emily M. and Heather Silber Mohamed. 2018. “Picturing immigration: how the media criminalizes immigrants.” Politics, Groups, and Identities. 6 (4): 814-824.

Silber Mohamed, Heather. 2018. “Embryonic Politics: Attitudes about Abortion, Stem Cell Research, and IVF.”  Politics and Religion. 11 (3): 459-497.

Silber Mohamed, Heather. 2015. “Americana or Latina? Gender and identity acquisition among Hispanics in the United States.” Politics, Groups, and Identities. 3 (1): pp. 40-58.
Silber Mohamed, Heather. 2013. “Can Protests Make Latinos ‘American’?  Identity, Immigration Politics, and the 2006 Marches.” American Politics Research. 41(2): pp. 298-326.

Additional Peer-reviewed Publications

Silber Mohamed, Heather and Emily Farris. 2017. “Immigration Politics and Policy in the United States.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press.

Other Publications

Silber Mohamed, Heather. Forthcoming. Book Review: Contested Transformations: Race, Gender, and Leadership in 21st Century America by Carol Hardy-Fanta, Pei-te Lien, Dianne Pinderhughes, and Christine Marie Sierra in Political Science Quarterly.

Silber Mohamed, Heather. 2017. “Immigration Reform and the 2014 Midterms: The Politics of Executive Action.” in Chris Galdieri, Tauna Sisco, and Jennifer Lucas (eds). Races, Reforms, & Policy:  Implications of the 2014 Midterm Election. Akron, OH: University of Akron Press.
Silber Mohamed, Heather. 2016. “Americana or Latina? Gender and identity acquisition among Hispanics in the United States.” in Zoe Oxley (ed.) Gender and Political Psychology. New York: Routledge.
Mueller, Lisa, Heather Silber Mohamed, and Stephanie Slocum-Schaeffer. 2015. “Teaching Research Methods.” PS: Political Science and Politics. (names alphabetical; contributions equal)
Silber Mohamed, Heather. 2014. “The Boundaries of American-ness: Perceived Barriers among Latino Subgroups” in Tony Affigne, Marion Orr and Evelyn Hu-DeHart (eds). Latino Politics En Ciencia Política: The Search for Latino Identity and Racial Consciousness.  New York: New York University Press pp. 132-157.