Faculty Biography

Heather Silber Mohamed

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 research has been covered in national media outlets including the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. She is affiliated with the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies (CGRAS), the Latin American and Latino 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 Senate and the 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

Farris, Emily M. and Heather Silber Mohamed. forthcoming. “Picturing immigration: how the media criminalizes immigrants.” Politics, Groups, and Identities. Available on-line first at https://doi.org/10.1080/21565503.2018.1484375.

Silber Mohamed, Heather. forthcoming. “Embryonic Politics: Attitudes about Abortion, Stem Cell Research, and IVF.”  Politics and Religion. Available on-line first at https://doi.org/10.1017/S175504831800010X.

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.