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

Winter 2019, Tuesdays, 2:00pm - 4:50pm, Bunche 4276
Instructors: Matt Barreto & Efrén Pérez

Course Description:

This is the second course in the REP Field Seminar sequence and builds on PS280A. Most of you started a research project in PS280A and this quarter we will work on finishing it. This course will review, dissect, discuss and debate some of the 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. In addition, you should come prepared with 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 and we will start out each session sharing ideas and brainstorming.

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. This class is a discussion, so we expect you to come prepared to discuss, critique, question or praise the readings.


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.

Weekly Reading Schedule

Week 1: Jan 8 Conceptualization, Measurement, and Mechanisms

Adcock, Robert, and David Collier. 2001. “Measurement Validity: A Shared Standard for Qualitative and Quantitative Research.” 
American Political Science Review 95(3): 529-546. 

Elster, Jon. 1989. “Mechanisms”. In J. Elster, Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 3-10.  

Baron, Reuben M., and David A. Kenny. 1986. “The Moderator-Mediator Distinction in Social Psychological Research: Conceptual, Strategic, 
and Statistical Considerations.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 51(6): 1173-1182. 

Brader, Ted, Nicholas A. Valentino, and Elizabeth Suhay. 2008. “What Triggers Public Opposition to Immigration? Anxiety, Group Cues, and 
Immigration Threat.” American Journal of Political Science 52(4): 959-978. 

Week 2: Jan 15 Theory-Building and Theory-Testing

King, Gary, Robert O. Keohane, and Sidney Verba. 1994. Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. 
Princeton: Princeton University Press. Chapters 1, 3, 4 (pp. 128-149) and 5 (pp. 151-166; 185-195). [ Download here ]

Week 3: Jan 22 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).

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: January 29 Survey research

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. 

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

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).

Newman, Benjamin J. 2013. “Acculturating Contexts and Anglo Opposition to Immigration in the United States.” American Journal of Political 
Science 57(2): 374-390. 

Week 5: Feb 5 Contextual data

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.

Anoll, Allison P. 2018. “What Makes a Good Neighbor? Race, Place, and Norms of Political Participation.” American Political Science 
Review 112(3): 494-508.

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 12 In-depth interviews

Parker, Christopher. 2009. Fighting For Democracy. Princeton University Press. {Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4; but especially ch 3-4}

Waters, Mary C. 1994. "Ethnic and racial identities of second generation black immigrants in New York City." International Migration Review 28, 
no. 4: 795-820. {PDF of article}

Jiménez, Tomás R. 2008. “Mexican-Immigrant Replenishment and the Continuing Significance of Ethnicity and Race.” American Journal of 
Sociology 113(6): 1527-1567. 

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 19 Field experiments

Michelson, Melissa. 2002. Getting Out the Latino Vote: How Door-to-Door Canvassing Influences Voter Turnout in Rural Central California. 
Political Behavior. 25(3): 247-263. 

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

de Rooij, Ellen A., and Donald P. Green. 2017. “Radio Public Service Announcements and Voter Participation Among Native Americans: 
Evidence from Two Field Experiments.” Political Behavior 39(2): 327-346. 

Butler, Daniel M., and David E. Broockman. 2011. “Do Politicians Racially Discriminate Against Constituents? A Field Experiment on 
State Legislators.” American Journal of Political Science 55(3): 463-477. 

Week 8: Feb 26 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.

Pérez, Efrén O., Maggie Deichert, and Andrew E. Engelhardt. Forthcoming. E Pluribus Unum? How Ethnic and National Identity Motivate 
Reactions to a Political Ideal. The Journal of Politics.

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

Hopkins, Daniel J. 2014. “The Upside of Accents: Language, Inter-Group Difference, and Attitudes Toward Immigration.” British Journal 
of Political Science 45(3): 531-557.  

Week 9: Mar 5 Aggregate & big 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.

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

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

Week 10: Mar 12 – In-class presentations part 1

Finals: Mar 19 – In-class presentations part 2

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