Originally from Lima, Peru, Velasco completed a masters degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Survey Methodology, from the University of Illinois in 2009. While pursuing his degree, he worked as a research assistant for the Survey Lab at the University of Chicago and as a bilingual interviewer for the National Opinion Research Center. Previous jobs in Peru include conducting quantitative and qualitative research in rural areas of Peru and working for the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations as a human development assistant.

ReportsApril 4, 2012

When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity

A majority of Hispanics say they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin; just 24% say they prefer a pan-ethnic label.

ReportsJanuary 26, 2012

Hispanics Say They Have the Worst of a Bad Economy

A majority of Latinos believe that the economic downturn that began in 2007 has been harder on them than on any other ethnic group in America.