Upcoming Papers

Candidate Experience and the Intersection of Race and Gender (with Mary-Kate Lizotte)

This study investigates whether the influence of prior experience varies depending on the racial and gender background of political candidates. To explore this topic, we employ two experiments with a 2 (Race: White and Black) X 2 (Gender: Male and Female) X 2 (Experience: Experienced and Inexperienced) factorial design. The second experiment presents the faux-candidates as having more experience than in the first experiment. Lastly, the analysis evaluates whether the influence of experience on candidate evaluations varies depending on the negative racial and gender attitudes of participants. Initial findings suggest that citizens are more inclined to distinguish between white male candidates across different levels of political experience, while they evaluate black and/or female candidates similarly, regardless of experience.

Race, Religion and Redistribution (with Valerie Martinez-Ebers)

Previous studies that have explored the influence of religiosity on public policy attitudes have typically relied on samples of white Americans.  However, there is a growing literature that suggests the consequences of religious belief and practice should differ between devout whites and both blacks and Latinos.  This project relies upon both pooled ANES data and experimental data to explore how religiosity influences attitudes on social welfare programs between whites, blacks, and Latinos.   In particular, the experimental data explores whether underlying dimensions of religious belief shape distinct attitudes between each group.  The expectation is that when considering social welfare polices, individualistic attitudes that underlie white Protestant beliefs are likely to illicit greater opposition to such policies.  On the other hand, concerns for social justice underlying both black and Latino religious traditions motivate stronger support for social welfare programs.

Politics in Black and Brown: Elite Group Cues and Black-Latino Political Alliances

Since African Americans and Latinos are presumed to share similar interests, political analysts often argue that they should create political alliances with one another.  However, the ability of blacks and Latinos to achieve strong, durable coalitions has proven more difficult than assumed.  Recent empirical research indicates that African-Americans and Latinos often compete for scarce economic and political resources, which may fuel greater racial hostility between both groups.  Nevertheless, some researchers contend that political elites play an important role in mobilizing members of their in-group to participate in cross-group alliances, particularly through the messages they express to their constituencies.  In order to test this hypothesis, the present research consists of an experiment with a 2 (Race of Candidate: Black or Latino) X 3 (Message Content: Group-Specific, Minority based, Race-Neutral) factorial design that presents respondents with two hypothetical political candidates.  Each condition pairs a white candidate with a minority candidate (black or Latino), who expresses a message that is either race-neutral or emphasizes group-specific interests or superordinate minority interests.  The expectation is that blacks and Latinos will be more willing to vote for the out-group minority candidate when they stress the need for blacks and Latinos to collectively pursue goals that are in the interest of both groups.