Giovanny Pleites-Hernandez, Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer of Political Science

Contact Information

  • 828-251-6634
  • 204 Zageir Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Giovanny Pleites-Hernandez studies minority representation and legislative behavior in American politics. His current work focuses on exploring the level of representation afforded to Latinos by their representatives in Congress. His teaching and research interests lie in racial and ethnic political behavior, political representation, public opinion, and American political institutions. He is originally from Los Angeles, CA, but has been in the Appalachian Mountains for almost a decade. When not working on his research he enjoys watching (and playing) sports, being outdoors, and spending time with his family.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • M.A. in Political Science from Appalachian State University
  • B.A. in Political Science from Mars Hill University

Recent Publications

"Surviving Political Scandals: Why Some Transgressions End Political Careers and Others Do Not" with Adam Newmark and Shannon Vaughan in Social Science Quarterly (2019)


Visit his personal website.