Cesar Vargas Nunez

Ph.D. Candidate
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Dissertation Title
The Political Determinants of Undocumented Immigrants' Access to Healthcare
Cesar Vargas Nunez

Cesar Vargas Nunez is a Ph.D. candidate with an interest in American politics and comparative politics. His research sits at the intersection of political science, public health and sociology. 

His dissertation focuses on American Politics and aims to answer three interrelated questions: 

  1. Under what conditions is the public willing to grant undocumented immigrants with access to welfare programs?
  2. To what extent can self-interest and normative appeals increase support for providing undocumented immigrants with healthcare access? 
  3. How do minorities and other marginalized groups navigate living excluded from government welfare programs?

He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from Pitzer College and received a Fulbright Research grant in 2014-2015 to investigate healthcare inequities in Spain.

His research has been generously funded by the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine (Ford Dissertation Fellowship), National Institutes of Health (NIH) Spectrum Grant, Stanford Center for American Democracy (SCAD), Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS).

*** As a FLI (first-generation/low-income) student, he welcomes opportunities to discuss applying to Stanford's PhD program in Political Science, especially with prospective FLI and POC students. Please feel free to reach out via email with "Prospective Student" as the subject line. ***


Research Interests

Fields of Study
American Politics
Comparative Politics