CSREP Research

Los Angeles County Social Survey

In December 2006 the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics fielded the Los Angeles County Social Survey. The project focused on inter-group relations in the Los Angeles County Area. Interviews were conducted in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean. The survey highlighted the relationship between racial identities, national identities and political attitudes. It also emphasized inter-group conflict and cooperation.

The principal investigators were Mark Sawyer, Christopher Parker, Taeku Lee and James Sidanius.


Selected Publications from Center Faculty and Graduate Students


Behl, Natasha, Sikh Politics, Caste, and Narrative Identity in Postcolonial India (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1449406


Carter, Erinn, Isolated and Excluded: Intra-Group Racial Contracts and Dual Power after Hurricane Katrina. Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper . Available at SSRN:http://ssrn.com/abstract=1580914


Durazo, Marco, Race and the Mexican Question. Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1581010


Frasure, L., & Jones-Correa, M. (January 01, 2010). The Logic of Institutional Interdependency: The Case of Day Laborer Policy in Suburbia. Urban Affairs Review, 45, 4, 451-482.


Gilliam, F. D. (2002). Farther to go: Readings and cases in African-American politics. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt College Publishers.


Hernandez, K. L. (2010). Migra!: A history of the U.S. Border Patrol. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press.


Lee, T. (2002). Mobilizing public opinion: Black insurgency and racial attitudes in the civil rights era. Studies in communication, media, and public opinion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Lee, T., Ramakrishnan, S. K., & Ramírez, R. (2006). Transforming politics, transforming America: The political and civic incorporation of immigrants in the United States. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.


Lien, P., Conway, M. M., & Wong, J. (2004). The politics of Asian Americans: Diversity and community. New York: Routledge.


Odugbemi, S., & Lee, T. (2010). Accountability through public opinion: From inertia to public action. Washington, D.C: The World Bank.


Parker, C. S. (2009). Fighting for democracy: Black veterans and the struggle against white supremacy in the postwar South. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Paschel, T. S. & Sawyer, M. Q. (2008). Contesting Politics as Usual: Black Social Movements, Globalization, and Race Policy in Latin America. Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, 10(3), 197-214.


Sears, D. O., & Citrin, J. (1982). Tax revolt: Something for nothing in California. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.


Sears, D. O., & McConahay, J. B. (1973). The politics of violence: The new urban Blacks and the Watts riot. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.


Sears, D. O., Sidanius, J., & Bobo, L. (2000). Racialized politics: The debate about racism in America. Studies in communication, media, and public opinion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Sidanius, J. (2008). The diversity challenge: Social identity and intergroup relations on the college campus. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.


Taylor, S. E., Peplau, L. A., & Sears, D. O. (2006). Social psychology. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Prentice Hall.


Telles, E. E. (2004). Race in another America: The significance of skin color in Brazil. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.


Telles, E. E., & Ortiz, V. (2008). Generations of exclusion: Mexican Americans, assimilation, and race. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.


Tesler, M., & Sears, D. O. (2010). Obama’s race: The 2008 election and the dream of a post-racial America. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.


Wolfenstein, E. V. (1981). The Victims of democracy: Malcolm X and the Black Revolution. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Wolfenstein, E. V. (2000). Inside, outside Nietzsche: Psychoanalytic explorations. Ithaca [u.a.: Cornell Univ. Press.


Wolfenstein, E. V. (2007). A gift of the spirit: Reading The souls of Black folk. Psychoanalysis and social theory. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Wong, J. (2006). Democracy’s promise: Immigrants & American civic institutions. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Forthcoming Work from CSREP Faculty and Students


Frasure, L. We Won’t Turn Back: Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Settlement in Suburban America.Book-length manuscript in progress.


Sawyer, M. Blacks, Nationhood and Race in the Americas: Cuba, Brazil, the United States, and Colombia (Under contract, Cambridge University Press)


Sawyer, M. Making Worlds Anew: African American Political Thought. (Project in development with Polity Press).



Lee, T, Leal, D and Sawyer M. The Oxford Handbook of Race, Ethnicity and Politics in the United States (Under contract, Oxford University Press)


Sawyer, M. Encyclopedia of African American Political Thought (Under Contract CQPress).


Telles, E, Sawyer M. and Rivera-Salado, G. Black Latino Relations in the United States (under Review Russell Sage Foundation Press)


Hanchard, M, Sawyer M. and Chung, E.  Race Immigration and Citizenship 



Frasure, L and Greene, S. “Neighborhood Context, Racial Attitudes and Public Opinion in Multi-ethnic Los Angeles” Article under review with Public Opinion Quarterly.


Sears, D., Sawyer M and Rodriguez, J “Early and Later Political Socialization in Latin American Immigrants: Assessing the Impact of Immigration.”


Sawyer, M. and Gooding, C. “Race, Immigration, Citizenship and International Football: World Cup 2006 and Beyond.”


Sawyer, M and Parker C. “Political Allegiance: A Contemporary Assessment.”