Bernard  L. Fraga

Bernard L. Fraga

Associate Professor, Political Science


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2013
  • A.M., Harvard University, 2011
  • B.A., Stanford University, 2008

About Bernard L. Fraga

Dr. Bernard L. Fraga is a political scientist who studies American elections, focusing on racial/ethnic politics, voter turnout, and the impact of election laws on voters and politicians. He is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, and received his B.A. in Political Science and Linguistics from Stanford University and Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University.

Broadly speaking, Prof. Fraga is interested in how group identities and electoral contexts shape political behavior. His methodology tends toward the statistical analysis of historical and contemporary data associated with voter registration records and election results. Prof. Fraga’s 2018 book The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of race and voter turnout, examining America's four largest racial and ethnic groups and voting patterns from the 1800s to the present. The Turnout Gap documents large and persistent racial/ethnic gaps in participation and explains the causes and consequences of these disparities, indicting a lack of mobilization and engagement with a diversifying electorate.

Prof. Fraga also conducts work on who runs for office, youth voter turnout, voter file-based methodologies, partisan competition, and other topics related to contemporary American electoral politics. His research has been published in leading scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the Stanford Law Review. Findings from Prof. Fraga’s work on race and elections have been featured in various media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and The Economist, and he has won multiple awards for his research, including the APSA Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Best Book Award, the MPSA Lucius Barker Award, and the MPSA Latina/o Caucus Early Career Award. Prof. Fraga has also served as an expert consultant on multiple cases dealing with election law and voting rights.

Prof. Fraga teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on American elections, racial/ethnic politics in the United States, and political science research methods.

More information about Prof. Fraga may be found at his website,