The field of Race, Ethnicity and Politics at UCLA is a hybrid field built around the problem of racial and ethnic difference and modern politics. UCLA is one of the only political science departments to have a Race, Ethnicity and Politics field and perhaps the only to move beyond thinking of the problem of race as confined to American politics in an institutional way. The field includes faculty and students who associate with all of the subfield in political science but whose work primarily is engaged in studying the relationship between governance, policies, conflict, and attitudes through the lens of race and ethnicity. The field encourages cross-subfield work and cross-disciplinary work toward understanding modern phenomena like nation building, citizenship, social movements, ethnic conflict, elections, immigration and a host of other political phenomena.

The faculty and students in the REP field at UCLA have varied interests. Regionally scholars associated with the REP study the United States, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeastern Asia, and Western Europe. Methods in the field range from the formal modeling to ethnographic and there is a strong fusion between political theory and empirical study of racial-ethnic politics. Theoretical approaches to conceptions of race, empire, citizenship, multiculturalism and other issues frame a common discussion that defines the parameters of the field. The REP field serves as a unique space where field and subfield boundaries and methodological differences that divide other forms of political science can exist in a harmonious conversation around the problem of race and ethnicity.

We have a range of students that study race from approaches informed by International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics, Political Theory, and Methodology. We hope to attract students who are interested in studying race from all available approaches and in all contexts where race, and ethnicity are central political issues. We believe REP to be an exciting new field that captures one of the most interesting, vexing and vibrant political problems in modern societies.

Field Benchmarks

1. An entering student who wishes to make REP her/his principal area of study and research should be assigned to a member of the REP field as her/his advisor. Like any other student, s/he can change advisors or fields as desired.

2. At the end of each year, the members of the REP field will evaluate students who have taken courses in the field, paying special attention to those who have (a) selected REP as their principal area of study and research or (b) are planning to do a field paper in REP.

3. Students interested in REP as their principal field or interested in doing a field paper in REP should meet regularly with an appropriate advisor or advisors, beginning no later than the first quarter of the second year.

4. By the end of the winter quarter of the second year, the topic and advisor of the first field paper should be established for students for whom REP is the principal field and for those who plan to submit their first paper in REP.

5. Students should develop an outline and bibliography for the paper by the mid-way point in the Spring quarter of that year.

6. A complete first draft of the paper should be delivered to the advisor by July 15th during the summer before the Fall quarter the paper is due.

7. Leaving aside adjustments for second submissions of field papers, the advisor and topic for the second field paper should be established no later than the end of the fall quarter of the third year.