Mini Talks by Yale PhD Students in Political Science, Jennifer Wu and Paul Lendway

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00pm through 1:15pm
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The workshop will be hosting dual mini-talks presented by Yale graduate students. Jennifer Wu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her research is concerned with Asian political behavior in American politics, with a particular focus on studying the role the pan-Asian identity plays in explaining variation in preferences and behaviors of Asians in the US. Paul Lendway is a PhD student in Political Science specializing in American political behavior.

Jennifer Wu: “Understanding Perceptions of Asian-ness and Group Membership among Asian Americans”

Abstract: This study aims to understand how perceptions of Asian-ness – specifically, whether some national origin groups are perceived as being “more” or “less” Asian – influences subsequent perceptions and preferences around the descriptive representativeness of Asian politicians. In particular, I focus on Kamala Harris, whose recent nomination and election to Vice President generated news coverage highlighting her multiple racial identities and emphasized the role of her Asian identity in promoting Asian turnout. To do identify the role of how perceptions of who is considered Asian affects the ability of racial- and ethnic-based appeals to promote turnout, I rely on a series of survey experiments which are organized to answer the following questions. First, I measure the perceived “Asian-ness” of different Asian national origin groups and Asian politicians. Second, I measure whether Kamala Harris is perceived as more or less Asian depending on how her racial identity is primed in campaign appeals. Finally, I measure beliefs around Harris’s ability to represent the Asian community and her favorability to test whether increasing her perceived Asian-ness also increases her perceived representability of Asian Americans. For robustness, I also include other Asian politicians who vary in their national origin background.

Paul Lendway: “The Effect of Populist Rhetoric on Public Attitudes”

Abstract forthcoming

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