CV & New Projects

You can download below a copy of my most recent CV.

Here is a brief selection of research papers that I’m currently working on. About one third of the scholarship I produce through the REPS Lab consists of active collaborations with talented undergraduate students at UCLA, many of them in political science, psychology, or other analog disciplines. The papers below include some of these more recent collaborations.

Bridging the Gaps Between Us: Explaining When and Why People of Color Express Unified Political Views (with Bianca Vicuña, Alisson Ramos, Kevin Phan, Mariella Solano, and Eric Tillett)

Based on an undergraduate team proposal from my 2021 course, Experiments in U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics.

People of color (PoC) will soon become a demographic majority in the U.S., but this overlooks major differences in how various PoC are treated by American society and the political priorities they hold. We build a theory that explains when and why some PoC express more unified political views. Despite variation in their social positions, people of color share common sources of marginalization. For example, although Asian Americans are stereotyped as a model minority and Latinos as low-status, both are deemed perpetual foreigners. We claim that shared marginalization sparks solidarity between PoC, which strengthens their support for policies that do not implicate their ingroup, thus forging interminority unity. Using survey data, Study 1 (N=2,400) shows that Asian adults report weaker solidarity with PoC than do Latinos, plus less support for policies that accommodate unauthorized immigrants, which implicate Latinos. Studies 2 and 3 randomly assign Asian (N=641) and Latino (N=624) adults to read about a racial outgroup marginalized as foreign (vs. control article). This heightens solidarity with PoC, which then boosts Asian support for flexible policies toward undocumented immigrants (which implicate Latinos) and Latino support for generous policies toward high-skill immigrants (which implicate Asians). We discuss how our results clarify the opportunities and limits of political unity among PoC.

“Taking Stock of Solidarity Between People of Color:  A Meta-Analysis of 5 Experiments” (with Bianca Vicuña and Alisson Ramos)

Recent work suggests that solidarity between people of color (PoC) is triggered when a minoritized ingroup believes they are discriminated similarly to another outgroup based on their alleged foreigness or inferiority. Heightened solidarity then boosts support for policies that benefit minoritized outgroups who are not one’s own. Available experiments on this pathway vary by participants (e.g., Asian, Black, and Latino adults), manipulations (discrimination as foreign vs. inferior), and pro-outgroup outcomes (support for undocumented immigrants, Black Lives Matter). We report a pre-registered meta-analysis of this “similar discrimination-to solidarity-to political opinion” mechanism. Across five experiments, sensed discrimination as foreign or inferior reliably triggers solidarity with PoC, which then substantially increases support for pro-outgroup policies. This pathway is robust to possible confounding and emerges across studies and planned subsets of them. We discuss what the viability of this mechanism implies for further theoretic and empirical innovation in a racially diversifying polity. 

The Surprising Stability of Asian Americans’ and Latinos’ Partisan Identities in the Early Trump Era (with Daniel J. Hopkins and Cheryl R. Kaiser)

Two prominent, compatible accounts contend that Asian Americans and Latinos are not strongly connected to America’s political parties and that their partisanship is responsive to identity threats. Donald Trump’s political ascent presents a critical test, as Trump reoriented the Republican Party by foregrounding anti-immigrant hostility. Here, we test these perspectives using one of the first-ever population-based panels of Asian Americans and Latinos from 2016 to 2018. Across various empirical tests, we uncover surprising strength and stability in respondents’ partisan identities. In a period of pronounced anti-immigrant rhetoric, these groups remained steadfast in their party affiliation. We also show that pan-ethnic identities were stable over this period, that partisanship can shape subsequent pan-ethnic identities, and that few respondents describe the parties with reference to ethnic/racial groups in either year. By 2016, pan-ethnic identities were already stably integrated with partisanship, with little evidence of situational shifts in response to identity threats.