Dr. Edward D. Vargas is a Senior Analyst at Latino Decisions. He received his Ph.D in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. His research largely explores health disparities, social policy, quantitative research on race and ethnicity, and public finance. He currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Dr. Vargas teaches courses in policy analysis and also has taught statistical methods at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). His research interests include the effects of poverty and inequality on the quality of life, focusing specifically on health, education, and social policy, and how these factors contribute to the well-being of vulnerable families. He also investigates the methodological issues involved in the quantitative study of race and ethnicity. Dr. Vargas has published in various academic journals in the areas of politics, racial and ethnic health disparities research and immigration policy.
In March 2015 Vargas was a co-principal investigator of the Latino National Health and Immigration Survey, a joint project between Latino Decisions and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Center at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Vargas wrote two op-ed pieces for The Huffington Post on how Latinos navigate the health care system including "Obamacare’s Impact on Latino Access to Health Insurance" and also "Health Care in the Shadows of Immigration Policy" which received national attention.