Mark Hugo López is the Associate Director of the Pew Hispanic Center where he studies the attitudes and opinions of Latinos, the political engagement of Latinos, Latino youth, and Hispanics and their interaction with the criminal justice system. López also coordinates the Center’s national surveys. Additionally, he currently serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and as a member of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP). Prior to joining the Pew Hispanic Center, López was the Research Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) where he studied the civic engagement of young people. López received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1996. He joined the Pew Hispanic Center in January of 2008.