Immigration is a complex and hot-button issue in the United States that often confounds the usual partisan political divisions. For many voters, immigration is also a key issue for the upcoming November 2012 elections. Sponsored by Purdue’s Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, the Discovery Park Lecture Series, the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities, and a national consortium of scholars who study race, ethnicity and immigration (PRIEC), among others, this panel discussion will explore how currents of race, ethnicity, class, and gender shape the issue of immigration, focusing in particular on the way the issue of immigration is likely to affect- and be affected by - the November elections.
The Roundtable convenes nationally recognized experts for a public, non-partisan discussion of the developing politics of the issue. Speakers will focus attention on issues of race, ethnicity and elections as well as on public opinion surveys and polling. This wide-ranging discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience and a reception.
Lynn Hall 1136
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Lisa García Bedolla
Lisa García Bedolla is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley and Chair of Berkeley’s Center for Latino Policy Research. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is author of Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005) winner of the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Ralph Bunche Award and a best book award from APSA’s Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section, and Latino Politics (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2009), winner of a best book award from APSA’s Latino Caucus. She is co-author, with Melissa R. Michelson, of Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Politics and Gender, Latino Studies, American Politics Research, the Review of Research in Education,JESPAR, the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and in numerous edited volumes. Professor García Bedolla’s research focuses on the civicengagement of Latinos and other ethnoracial groups in the United States, with particular emphasis on the intersection of race, class, and gender.
Karthick Ramakrishnan is Associate Professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. His 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 writing a book on the rise of state and local egislation on immigration over the past decade.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. He has received several 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. Ramakrishnan’s articles have appeared in International Migration Review, Urban Affairs Review, Social Science Quarterly, and The DuBois Review. His books include Democracy in Immigrant America (2005), Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and Their Political Identities (2011, with Janelle Wong, Taeku Lee, and Jane Junn), 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: Immigrants Community Organizations, and Political Engagement (2008, with Irene Bloemraad).
Valeria Sinclair-Chapman is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on the representation of black interests in Congress as well as minority agenda-setting on the national level. Additionally, Sinclair-Chapman researches African-American and minority politics, political representation, voting rights and redistricting, legislative politics, and political participation. Sinclair-Chapman is the coauthor of Countervailing Forces: Exploring the Macro-Dynamics of Black Political Participation in the Post-Civil Rights Era with Fredrick C. Harris and Brian McKenzie (Cambridge University Press, 2006). At Rochester, she teaches courses in American politics and African-American politics, acts as Director of the Washington Semester Program, student adviser, core faculty member of the Center for the Study of African-American Politics, and associate member of the Frederick Douglass Institute and the Susan B. Anthony Institute.
Diane Thomas is the President and CEO of the International Center of Indianapolis. Thomas's leadership experience is complimented by a broad international background. Fluent in French and Spanish, she was born to French and American parents and lived in Libya, Germany, France and the United States in her youth. As an adult, Thomas worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with petroleum industry leaders to strategize and craft public affairs issues. From 1996 to 2003, Thomas served as Vice President, External Affairs, for Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPI), the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the United States. As a member of the PPI management team, Thomas’s accomplishments included doubling private funding in a three-year period, partnering with the Latina Task Force to promote outreach initiatives in Indiana, and securing capital for the International Family Planning Assistance project in El Peten, Guatemala. Before coming to the International Center, Thomas worked as a fundraising consultant. She completed her master’s degree in philanthropic studies at The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and volunteers with the International School of Indiana.
Niambi Carter is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Temple University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University (2007). She is completing a book manuscript on African American public opinion on immigration. Most recently, she published an article entitled “Intimacy without Consent,” regarding lynching as racialized, sexual violence. Her teaching and research expertise includes African American politics, the politics of race in the United States, and sexual politics.
James A. McCann
Originally from the Chicago area, James A. McCann came to Purdue University in 1991 after earning his doctorate in Political Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder and working as a teaching fellow and consultant at Harvard University. McCann conducts research on public opinion, participation, political parties, and representation, both in the United States and abroad. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, the Latin American Research Review, and many other professional journals. He is the co-author of Democratizing Mexico: Public Opinion and Electoral Choices (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996). McCann is currently exploring the incorporation of immigrants into American civic life. He is the Principal Investigator of the 2006 Mexican Expatriate Study, an extensive survey of Mexican immigrants in Dallas, San Diego, and north-central Indiana. When we think of popular destinations for immigrants, Indiana may not spring immediately to mind. Over the last fifteen years, however, hundreds of thousands have settled in our state. How do patterns of civic engagement among immigrants in Indiana differ from those in the southwest? What role do parties, campaigns, and social movements play in incorporating immigrants? In an upcoming book, McCann delves into these questions. McCann is also a Provost Fellow at Purdue and the Lead Editor (2012-2013) of a new academic journal, Politics, Groups, and Identities.