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ASU Political Science Prof Publishes Book

September 19, 2012

Dr. Matthew Gritter, an assistant professor of political science at Angelo State University, recently published Mexican Inclusion, a book exploring the origins of anti-discrimination policy in Texas and the Southwest.

In his book, Gritter delves into the often overlooked plight of Mexican-Americans in the 1940s, when they were often refused service in restaurants, turned away from the election polls and segregated into their own schools.

“One of the things I found out is that Mexicans were always part of the civil rights discussion,” Gritter said.  “I think that is something that often gets lost.  The book is really about civil rights policy, but the second you say ‘Mexican,’ people say it is a book about immigration.  Not many political scientists have looked at this issue from a historical perspective.”

New to the ASU Political Science and Philosophy Department this fall, Gritter teaches public policy, methodology and American politics.  He earned his doctoral degree from the New School of Social Research in New York City, and his dissertation was titled “Shaping Incorporation: People of Mexican Origin and Anti-Discrimination Policy.”

Mexican Inclusion was published Sept. 1 by the Texas A&M University Press and is available on in hardcover or e-book.