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  • Why does the census matter? What are the challenges this time?

    Latina/Latino studies professor Julie Dowling chairs a national advisory committee for the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Latina/Latino studies professor Julie Dowling chairs a national advisory committee for the U.S. Census Bureau, which will be mailing 2020 census information to millions of American households this month.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Julie Dowling, call 217-265-5502; email dowlingj@illinois.edu.

    Dowling’s research has focused on the U.S. census and how definitions of race and ethnicity are understood by Latinos, some of which she explored in her 2014 book “Mexican Americans and the Question of Race.”