Book Talk: "Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream"

Friday, December 5, 2014
12:00 - 1:30pm
UCLA Haines Hall 279

Presented by: Christina Greer, Fordham University, Political Science

with Discussants: David Sears, UCLA Political Science

                                Karthick Ramakrishnan, UCR Political Science



About the Book:

The steady immigration of black populations from Africa and the Caribbean over the past few decades has fundamentally changed the racial, ethnic, and political landscape in the United States. But how will these "new blacks" behave politically in America? Using an original survey of New York City workers and multiple national data sources, Christina M. Greer explores the political significance of ethnicity for new immigrant and native-born blacks. In an age where racial and ethnic identities intersect, intertwine, and interact in increasingly complex ways, Black Ethnics offers a rigorous analysis of black politics and coalitions in the post-Civil Rights era.


About the Speakers:



Christina Greer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University - Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion. Prof. Greer's book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean. She finds that both ethnicity and a shared racial identity matter and also affect the policy choices and preferences for black groups. Professor Greer is currently writing her second manuscript and conducting research on the history of all African Americans who have run for the executive office in the U.S. Roughly sixty African Americans have run for or been nominated for the executive office since 1872. Her research interests also include mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore. She is a frequent contributor to media and print outlets and was recently named City&State's 2014 "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" in NY politics to watch. . Prof. Greer received her B. A. from Tufts University and her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. She is a member of the board of Project Vote and an ardent supporter of FIERCE in NYC and Project South in Atlanta, GA.


David O. Sears is Professor of Psychology and Political Science, former Dean of Social Sciences, and current Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Sears received his B.A. in History from Stanford University, his Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University in 1962, and since then has taught at UCLA. He has held visiting faculty positions at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and President of the International Society of Political Psychology. He has served on the Boards of Overseers of the National Election Studies and General Social Survey. He has also won the Gordon Allport Prize from SPSSI, Warren E. Miller Award from APSA, and the Harold D. Lasswell Award from ISPP.


Karthick Ramakrishnan is professor of public policy and 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 founder of, which seeks to make policy-relevant data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders more accessible to a variety of audiences. He is currently writing two books on immigration policy, and is founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP), an official section journal of the American Political Science Association.  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 many 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.



This event is presented by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and cosponsored by the UCLA Migration Program