My graduate and undergraduate course offerings contribute to the Department’s listing in racial and ethnic politics and American politics, specifically its offerings in state and local politics and governance, racial/ethnic political behavior and attitudes as well as public policy.


Metropolitan Governance (undergraduate)

This course examines how political, social, economic and cultural factors influence metropolitan governance in both US central cities and suburban areas. With a specific focus on race/ethnicity, immigration, and class, we will consider some major issues in metropolitan governance through classic and contemporary readings on political power, the political economy of cities, racial/economic segregation as well as political incorporation and racial/ethnic coalitions. We will broadly examine how US metropolitan governments have traditionally balanced allocative versus distributive concerns of newcomers and existing groups.


The Politics of American Suburbanization (undergraduate)

Syllabus: PS 149-1 (Winter 2014)

This seminar examines the political, social, economic and cultural evolution of the American suburb, particularly in the post-WWII era. Dominant themes focus broadly on the historical patterns and implications of public-private partnerships in suburban development; inclusionary/exclusionary housing policies; racial/ethnic, class and gender conflicts; classic and contemporary theories of suburban politics and governance; as well as growth and decline for select suburban areas.


Race, Ethnicity and Politics (undergraduate)

Syllabus: 191C (Winter 2013)

This course examines the historical and contemporary role of racial and ethnic minority groups in U.S. political system. We examine the political experiences of several racial and ethnic minority groups (Blacks or African Americans, American Indians, Latinos or Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans) as well as Muslim Americans and their interactions with the historically dominant racial group (non-Hispanic white Americans) in the U.S. system. Some major topics include racial formation, (pan)ethnic identity, citizenship, political participation and representation, public opinion, as well as interracial conflict and coalition building. We also cover some current politics and policy debates affecting racial/ethnic and religious minorities in the United States.


Departmental Honors Program (Director) (undergraduate)

Syllabus: PS 191 Honors Seminar (Spring 2014)
Honors Thesis Info Session (April 2014) 

This program is designed to offer a rigorous and intensive research and writing experience for a select group of our undergraduate majors. I enriched the program by collaborating with on-going Departmental Speaker Series as well as guest speakers from various sub-fields in the department and affiliated programs such as the UCLA Social Science Data Archives. I invited several faculty guest speakers to share 1-hour of their time with seminar students. Specifically, guest speakers are asked to share some of their research, data collection and writing experiences, based on a book or publication, with students during the seminar. My Honors Seminar course titled “Research Design and Scope and Methods in Political Science,” incorporates a diversity of theoretical and methodological perspectives including both quantitative and qualitative approaches in political science.


Politic Beyond the Urban Core: Race, Class and the Politics of Place (Graduate)

Syllabus: PS 289 (Winter 2014) 

The suburbs of metropolitan areas are where most Americans live. The process of American suburbanization was one of the biggest changes in American society in the last century. Yet, we still know very little about how suburbanization continues to change American politics at the national, state and local levels. This course examines the social, cultural, political and economic development of American suburbs, largely from 1945-present. Course topics include: housing, zoning and exclusionary policies; the evolution of political culture, ideology and party identification in cities and suburbs; civic and electoral politics in suburbs; metropolitan fragmentation and suburban political economy; as well as recent developments in immigrant and ethnic minority suburbanization.


2014 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods and Social Research Designing, Conducting and Analyzing Multi-Racial/Ethnic Political Surveys July 28-30, 2014

This workshop will focus on designing, conducting and analyzing U.S. based multi-racial/ethnic political surveys using data from the 2008 Collaborative Multi-racial Post-Election Survey (CMPS). The CMPS is a national survey of 4,563 respondents who voted in the November 2008 election and that self-identified as Asian (n=919), Black (n=945), Latino (n=1577), and White (n=1122). The CMPS is the first multiracial and multilingual survey of registered voters across multiple states and regions in a presidential election. The survey was available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

This workshop will discuss developing a multi-racial/ethnic political survey including collaborative funding strategies and project teams, developing the survey instrument; multiple language protocols; conducting random digit dial versus online surveys; and developing a research design project using multi-racial/ethnic politics data.

The workshop served as the first of it kind at the ICPSR Summer Program, focusing on the development of multi-racial/multi-lingual survey data.