Chaturvedi Examines Religious Influence Towards Same Sex Marriage

Written by Laura Paskin
October 29, 2014

Political Science Professor Neilan Chaturvedi  published "The Next Generation? A Reexamination of Religious Influence on Mexican American Attitudes Towards Same Sex Marriage" in Politics, Groups, and Identities (October 2014). In the article, he examines generational influences and the role those influences may play on Latino politics.

Using data from the 2006 Pew Hispanic Forum on religion, Chaturvedi found that Mexican-Americans in later generational cohorts (i.e., the second generation and beyond) are much more likely to be in favor of same sex marriage than earlier cohorts. He also found that Catholic opposition to same sex marriage may have been overstated. He concludes with a discussion of the impacts his research may have on American electoral politics.

Chaturvedi received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Irvine, and joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013. His research focuses on American political institutions, race and ethnic politics, public opinion, and international law.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master's degrees.