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Ron Schmidt


Ph.D. University of California at Riverside
M.A., B.A. University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests and Background

My primary research and publications focus on the subjects of racial and ethnic politics and immigration policy. I have published numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books: Language Policy and Identity Politics in the United States (Temple University Press, 2000), and the co-authored Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders: Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early Twenty-first Century (University of Michigan Press, 2010). I am currently working on a third book, tentatively titled "Interpreting Racial Politics in the United States."

Before coming to Davidson, I taught political science at California State University at Long Beach for 40 years, teaching courses on racial and ethnic politics, public policy, and political theory. At CSULB, I served as department chair in political science for nine years, and received the university's "outstanding professor award" in 1998.

In addition to my teaching and research, I remain actively involved in service to professional associations in political science. Most recently, I served as program co-chair for the section on "Critical and Normative Political Theory" for the 2016 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. I have served on numerous committees and held multiple leadership positions in the American Political Science Association, the Western Political Science Association, and in the APSA Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics, and have served on the editorial boards of The American Political Science Review; Politics, Groups, and Identities; and PS: Political Science & Politics. In 2014 I received the Frank J. Goodnow Award of the American Political Science Association for "distinguished service to the community of teachers, researchers, and public servants who work in the many fields of politics."


Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States