SPIRE Conference Agenda 2023

Hosted by the Yale Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI)
Co-Directors: Allison Harris and Dara Strolovitch

Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS)
Yale University, New Haven, CT

SPIRE (Symposium on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity) is an annual one-day conference that rotates among universities. Its purpose is to provide a constructively-critical space in which faculty and graduate students can workshop their in-progress research on the politics of immigration, race, and ethnicity.  The conference also provides opportunities for networking and mentoring among scholars at all career stages who are working on these topics.

The next symposium will be hosted on the Yale University campus by the Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) on Friday, September 29, 2023.

SPIRE Organizers:

  • Bernard L. Fraga, Emory University
  • LaFleur Stephens-Dougan, Princeton University
  • Jamil S. Scott, Georgetown University
  • Yamil Velez, Columbia University

Tentative Schedule for Friday, September 29, 2023:

time activity
8:30 AM-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:10 AM Welcome from the Conference Organizers
9:10-10:00 AM Christine Slaughter, Joseph Loffredo, and Alejandro Flores (Boston University)
Motivating Participation: How Political Elites Can Encourage Voters to Overcome the Costs of Voting
10:00-10:50 AM Steven Moore (Wesleyan University)
Conceptualizing Racism: How Identity and Politics Shape the Mass Public’s Definition of Racism
10:50-11:00 AM Break
11:00-11:50 AM Samantha Chapa (University of Houston)
Local Policy, Inclusion, and Immigrant Participation
11:50-12:50 PM Lunch
12:50-1:40 PM Hunter Rendleman (Harvard)
Bound Together: Racial Peer Effects and Caucus Control in the U.S. Congress
1:40-2:30 PM Nhat-Dang Do (Trinity College)
Racial Minority Interest Groups as Reliable Representatives: Evidence from California
2:30-2:40 PM Break
2:40-3:30 PM Kenicia Wright and Gunes Murat Tezcur (Arizona State University)
Diversity in Linked Fate: A Conjoint Analysis of Latinx Americans’ Evaluations of Candidates
3:30-4:20 PM Derek Wakefield (Emory University)
Not Just Ethnic Voters: The Effect of Immigration and Economic Appeals on Voters
4:20-4:30 PM Break
4:30-5:30 PM Roundtable Panel & Discussion: “Navigating Tenure and Promotion”
  • Bernard Fraga (Emory University)
  • Vince Hutchings (University of Michigan)
  • Tasha Philpot (University of Texas, Austin)
  • LaFleur Stephens-Dougan (Princeton University)
  • Dara Strolovitch, Moderator (Yale University)
5:30-6:00 PM Break/Travel or walk to dinner venue
6:00-9:00 PM Cocktail Reception & Conference Dinner (dinner seating at 6:40 pm)
Zinc Restaurant Garden Room, 964 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

The conference organizers would like to thank the Center for the Study of Inequality at Yale University’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies for their generous support.