Political scientist Jaime Dominguez researches race and ethnicity, immigration, and urban and minority politics at Northwestern University. Before participating in a panel on Chicago after immigration reform, he explained why—as a political scientist—he’d like to have the talent of L.A.’s Antonio Villaraigosa. It’s not just because they’re from the same town, but because Villaraigosa, to his mind, epitomizes the American story.
Whose talent would you like to have?
I’m putting on my political science hat—elected figures … Probably Mayor Villaraigosa. We’re both from the same town. But I think he represents the American story—not having the most but making the most of the resources—and trying to do good, reaching a pinnacle, and being influential.
What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?
Actually the diversity. The feeling of a real city. The opportunity to engage in various cultural settings, social settings with different folks from all walks of life, and you don’t have to drive very far to see it.
What was your worst subject in school?
What’s on your nightstand right now?
My alarm clock.
What’s your favorite ice cream topping?
What is the last habit you tried to kick?
Staying up past midnight.
What is your most prized material possession?
What TV shows, if any, do you watch regularly?
ESPN and the local news. I don’t watch much television.
What advice do you give students considering going into academia?
Don’t go into academia. If you want to make money, don’t go into academia.
What do you proselytize for?
Doing the best that you can with the talents that you have.