race and ethnic politics

A Brief Moment in the Sun: Politics, Race, Punishment, and the Rise of the Proto-Carceral State

What explains the origins of the racialized carceral state? I explore this question in the context of 19th century U.S. South--a region which many point to as the crucible of punishment in America. I argue that outside intervention by the federal …

Becoming White: How Military Service Turned Immigrants into Americans

What factors help to explain the cultural integration of immigrants? I argue that individual participation in military service creates a number of conditions that drive individuals to integrate into a broader national culture. To test the hypothesis, …

From Immigrants to Americans: Race and Assimilation during the Great Migration

How does the appearance of a new immigrant group affect the integration of earlier generations of migrants? We study this question in the context of the first Great Migration (1915-1930), when 1.5 million African Americans moved from the US South to …

No Nation Left Behind? Assessing the Impact of Compulsory Schooling Laws on Immigrant Assimilation

Did the expansion of compulsory education create a national identity? In this paper, I explore this question within the context of the United States during the Age of Mass Migration (1850-1930). Using the expansion of compulsory schooling laws, I …

Black Lives Matter for Whites’ Racial Prejudice: Assessing the Role of Social Movements in Shaping Racial Attitudes in the United States

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is one of the most prominent contemporary social movements in the United States. Whether the BLM movement has led to racial attitude liberalization remains an open question. I evaluate this question using data on over 140,000 …

The Persistent Effect of U.S. Civil Rights Protests on Political Attitudes

Protests can engender significant institutional change. Can protests also continue to shape a nation’s contemporary politics outside of more formalized channels? I argue that social movements can not only beget institutional change, but also …