Junior Workshop 5:
Race and Ethnic Politics in the United States
This workshop examines race and ethnic politics in the United States, focusing primarily on African Americans, Latinos, and Whites. It is designed to explore conceptual and methodological issues, while focusing on how racial and ethnic groups shape and are shaped by the American political system. Broadly speaking, we will address how to refine research questions, develop testable hypotheses, and analyze data, related to the study of race and ethnic politics in the U.S. context. Depending on the topic, Junior Papers may take the form of observational studies built from pre-existing data, content analyses of campaign advertisements or lab experiments conducted online.
Junior Papers written in this workshop might address questions such as: Are candidates more likely to use negative advertisements when their opponent is of a different race or ethnicity? Do racial attitudes influence preferences on policies unrelated to race? Has the racial divide in political attitudes narrowed since the election of President Obama?