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California's LatinAsian Majority: What Does It Mean for Civic Engagement.

Karthick Ramakrishan, UC Riverside
Sep 29, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Latinos and Asian Americans in California now constitute a majority of the state’s population, and there has been a steady increase in the political representation of these communities in Congress and in the state capitol. At the same time, California has yet to harness the full civic potential of these communities, with many boards, commissions, and city councils failing to keep up with changing demographic realities. This talk presents results from two recent studies on racial disparities in civic engagement, coauthored by Professor Ramakrishnan of UC Riverside and Dr. John Dobard from the Advancement Project and funded by the James Irvine Foundation. In addition to pointing out significant problem areas, the presentation will discuss pragmatic solutions to cultivate greater civic engagement among California’s new majority.

Karthick Ramakrishnan is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, where he also serves as Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy. He is also a board member of The California Endowment and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Ramakrishnan’s research focuses on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of, which seeks to make policy-relevant data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders more accessible to a variety of audiences. He is the author, most recently of The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and is founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP), an official section journal of the American Political Science Association. 

Ramakrishnan received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University, and has held fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). He has received many grants from sources such as the James Irvine Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, and has provided consultation to public officials at the federal and local levels. 

In addition, Ramakrishnan is director of the UC-wide program on AAPI Policy, an appointee to the California Commission on APIA Affairs (2014-2017) and an adjunct fellow at PPIC. He has appeared in over 1,000 news stories, including in the New York Times, Economist, Los Angeles Times, PBS Newshour, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, and CNN.

Ramakrishnan’s articles have appeared in International Migration Review; Perspectives on Politics; NYU Law Review; Urban Affairs Review; Politics, Groups & Identities; Social Science Quarterly; Journal of Social Inquiry; Arizona State Law Journal; and The DuBois Review. His books include Framing Immigrants (forthcoming 2016), The New Immigration Federalism (2015), Asian American Political Participation (2011, with Janelle Wong, Taeku Lee, and Jane Junn), Democracy in Immigrant America (2005), and two edited volumes on immigrant politics and civic engagement: Transforming Politics, Transforming America (2006, with Taeku Lee and Ricardo Ramirez) and Civic Roots and Political Realities (2008, with Irene Bloemraad).



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