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PS 280B: Research Methods in Race, Ethnicity, Politics (REP)

Winter 2018, Thursday, 1:00pm - 3:50pm, Bunche 4276

Course Description:

This is the second course in the REP Field Seminar sequence and builds on PS280A. This course will review, dissect, discuss and debate different research methods that are used in REP scholarship and assess the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and methodologies. Students will be expected to write a research paper, and give a presentation, using one of the methodologies we read during the quarter, and to defend that approach. The emphasis of this class is to absorb as many different and diverse approaches to doing research on race, ethnicity and politics and to understand the benefits and limitations of each approach. Each week, students are expected to complete all of the assigned readings and to develop two critical questions for each author we read, and also to bring one example of a research project you could implement using that week’s methodology. These must be hard-copy print outs to turn in during class.

Laptops and phones must be put away during class.  If you have digital notes print them out and bring them with you.  You may refer to digital copies of the readings, but only as necessary.  No online communication can take place during class including email, messaging, chat or reading.  Readings are to be done BEFORE class starts.


Each week there will be required readings from the assigned scholarly journal articles. Readings should be done for the day they are assigned. Readings are all accessible online via JSTOR, Google Scholar, or from the UCLA library. The complete, week-by-week reading list is posted below.

Week-by-week syllabus with reading assignments as PDF: Download Syllabus

Weekly Reading Schedule

Week 1: Jan 11	Introductions and Course Outline

Readings for first class available here: Phinney & Ong (2007)  and Quintana (2007)

Week 2: Jan 18 Case Study

Gerring, John. 2004. “What is a case study and what is it good for?” American Political Science Review. 98(2): 341-354.

Eisenhardt, Kathleen. 1989. “Building theories from case study research.” Academy of Management Review. 14(4): 532-550.

Frey, William. 1995. “Immigration and internal migration ‘flight’: A California case study.” Population and Environment. 16(4): 353-375.

Laura Perna, et. al. 2009. "The Contribution of HBCUs to the Preparation of African American Women for Stem Careers: A Case Study" 
Research in Higher Education, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 1–23

Week 3: Jan 25 Content Analysis

Guo, Lei and Summer Harlow. 2014. “User-Generated Racism: An Analysis of Stereotypes of African Americans, Latinos, and Asians in YouTube Videos.” 
Howard Journal of Communications. 25:3 (281-302).

Oliver, Mary Beth. 1994. “Portrayals of crime, race and aggression in ‘reality-based’ police shows: A content analysis.” Journal of Broadcasting 
and Electronic Media. 38:2 (179-192).

Steinert-Threlkeld, Zachary. 2018. Twitter as Data. Elements in Quantitative and Computational Methods for Social Science. Cambridge University Press.

Lewis, Seth, Rodrigo Zamith and Alfred Hermida. 2013. “Content Analysis in an Era of Big Data: A Hybrid Approach to Computational and Manual Methods.” 
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. 57:1 (34-52).

For more see: Riffe, Lacy and Fico (2014). Analyzing Media Messages: Using Quantitative Content Analysis in Resarch. NY: Routledge.

Week 4: Feb 1 Survey research

Oskooii, Kassra AR. 2016. “How Discrimination Impacts Sociopolitical Behavior: A Multidimensional Perspective.” 
Political Pyschology. 37(5): 613-640

Tesler, Michael. 2012. “The spillover of racialization into health care: How President Obama polarized public opinion by racial attitudes and race” 
American Journal of Political Science. 56(3): 690-704.

Pantoja, Adrian, Ricardo Ramirez, and Gary Segura. 2001. “Citizens by Choice, Voters by Necessity: Patterns in Political Mobilization by Naturalized Latinos.” 
Political Research Quarterly. 54:4 (729-750).

Week 5: Feb 8 Contextual data & GIS

Enos, Ryan. 2015. “What demolition of public housing teaches us about the impact of racial threat on political behavior.” American Journal 
of Political Science. 60(1): 123-142.

Oliver, Eric and Janelle Wong. 2003. “Intergroup prejudice in multiethnic settings.” American Journal of Political Science. 47(4): 567-582.

Marschall, Melissa and Dietlind Stolle. 2004. “Race and the City: Neighborhood context and the development of generalized trust.” Political Behavior. 
26(2): 125-153.

Timnit Gebrua, et. al. 2017. "Using deep learning and Google Street View to estimate the demographic makeup of neighborhoods across the United States." 
PNAS Early Edition. 

Week 6: Feb 15 In-depth interviews

Parker, Christopher. 2009. Fighting for democracy. Princeton University Press. (Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 7)

Waters, Mary. 1994. “Ethnic and racial identities of second-generation black immigrants in New York City.” International Migration Review. 28(4): 795-820.

Mary Thierry Texeira. 2002. “Who Protects and Serves Me?” A Case Study of Sexual Harassment of African American Women in One U.S. Law Enforcement Agency. 
Gender and Society. Vol 16, No 4. p524-545.

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo and Tyrone Forman. 2000. “‘I am not a racist but…’ Mapping White college students’ racial ideology in the USA.” 
Discourse and Society. 11(1): 50-85.

Week 7: Feb 22 Field experiments

Ramírez, Ricardo. 2005. “Giving voice to Latino voters: A field experiment on the effectiveness of a national nonpartisan mobilization effort.” 
Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science. 601(1): 66-84.

Wong, Janelle. 2005. “Mobilizing Asian American voters: A field experiment.” Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science. 601(1): 102-114.

Valenzuela, Ali and Melissa Michelson. 2016. “Turnout, Status, and Identity: Mobilizing Latinos to Vote with Group Appeals.” American Political Science Review. 
110:4 (615-630).

Week 8: Mar 1 Survey experiments

White, Ismail, Chryl Laird, Troy Allen. 2014. “Selling out? The politics of navigating conflicts between racial group interest and self-interest” 
American Political Science Review. 108(4): 783-800.

Efrén O. Pérez. 2015. Xenophobic Rhetoric and Its Political Effects on Immigrants and Their Co-Ethnics. American Journal of Political Science. 59(3) 549-564.

Masuoka, Natalie, and Jane Junn. 2008. “Asian American identity: Shared racial status and political context” Perspectives on Politics. 6(4): 729-740.

Pedraza, Francisco I., Vanessa C. Nichols, Alana M. W. LeBron. 2017. "Cautious Citizenship: The Deterring Effect of Immigration Issue Salience on Health Care Use
and Bureaucratic Interactions Among Latino U.S. Citizens." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 42(5): 925--960.

Week 9: Mar 8 Aggregate data

Fraga, Bernard. 2015. “Candidates or Districts? Reevaluating the Role of Race in Voter Turnout” American Journal of Political Science. 60(1): 97-122.

Herron, Michael and Daniel Smith. 2014. “Race, party and the consequences of restricting early voting in Florida in the 2012 General Election.” 
Political Research Quarterly. 67(3): 646-665.

Rocca, Michael, Gabriel Sanchez and Jason Morin. 2011. “The Institutional Mobility of Minority Members of Congress.” Political Research Quarterly. 
64(4): 897-909.

Minta, Michael. 2009. “Legislative Oversight and Substantive Representation of Black and Latino Interest in Congress.” Legislative Studies Quarterly. 
34(2): 193-218.

Week 10: Mar 15 – In-class presentations part 1

Finals: Mar 22 – In-class presentations part 2

Grading Scheme:
Weekly research examples	20%
In-class participation		20%
Research presentation		30%
Final exam			30%