Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science


Meet Our Newest Professors Yuna Blajer de la Garza and Jay Kao

The Department of Political Science is proud to welcome Yuna Blajer de la Garza and Jay Kao to the faculty in fall 2021.
Professor Blajer’s research and teaching focus on contemporary political theory. She studies inequalities in democracies by examining how democratic institutions are translated (or distorted) into everyday practices and norms. She is interested in debates of democratic and critical theory, relational egalitarianism, citizenship, nationalism, and the “side-effects” of otherwise desirable formal institutions, among other things. Methodologically, she combines normative political theory and ethnographic methods; and has carried out research in Mexico and France. Her research has been published in Politics and Society and the European Journal of Political Theory. She is currently working on a book on belonging and citizenship in contemporary democracies. Before joining Loyola, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University. 
Professor Kao’s research centers on political communication, political behavior, and public opinion in authoritarian regimes, with a focus on China. He is currently working on several research projects that focus on the impact of persuasive communications on the behaviors and attitudes of both domestic and foreign citizens.