Although fundamental to the understanding of American (and increasingly international)
politics, the study of race and ethnicity has often been relegated to a second tier
in the discipline of political science. UCI's Department of Political Science recently
emerged as a national leader in research, graduate training and undergraduate teaching
in the field of race, ethnicity, and politics. Our first Ph.D. in this area, Matthew
Barreto, now an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington; our second, Natalie
Masuoka, is now an Assistant Professor at Tufts University. Faculty recruitments
over the past several years have placed UCI in the enviable position of having leading
scholars of African American, Asian American, and U.S. Latino politics as well as
scholars of immigrant political incorporation. This group is noteworthy because of
the rich variety of methodological approaches that they collectively employ, including
survey analysis, historical interpretation, and elite interviews.
UCI's wealth of scholars working in the field of race, ethnicity, and politics makes it uniquely positioned not only to add significantly to the growing body of scholarship in this field, but also train the next generation of race/ethnicity scholars in the field of political science. But the resources available to graduate students interested in race and ethnicity is not limited to members of the Department of Political Science. Indeed, distinguished as is the department faculty within this area, there are numerous other faculty at UCI from whom students interested in race and ethnicity can learn, and students with an interest in race and ethnicity are encouraged to explore courses outside the Department.
To further assist graduate students in the area of race and ethnicity to receive truly multi-disciplinary graduate training the Political Science Department developed a collaborative relationship with leading scholars in race and ethnicity in the Department of Sociology to allow for participation in their courses by political science graduate students. That arrangement also includes faculty from other units such as Anthropology and Chicano-Latino Studies, and outreach to scholars in the Humanities as well. The Sociology Department is among one of several UCI units prominent in the race and ethnicity field, with nearly a dozen scholars in this area. In addition, UCI has an internationally respected interdisciplinary Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy, with ongoing funded research projects in which several political scientists participate, as well as an interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Demographic and Social Analysis whose course offerings can be taken by political science graduate students. Also, special funding opportunities for graduate students with interests in race and ethnicity are available through the Center for the Study of Democracy.