Anglicized Names and Support for Minority Candidates

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Andrews Conference Room 2203 SSH | UC Davis


Immigrants to America have long had a history of anglicizing Jewish, Polish and Russian names for the sake of fitting in. More recently, research on labor market discrimination show prospective employers do not necessarily discriminate against resumes with Asian names, but they are more likely to call back resumes with Anglicized Asian names rather than non-Anglicized ones. I design a conjoint experiment that tests whether White voters exhibit a similar preference for what I call ``ethnic-lite'' political candidates. If so, there is a normative statement to be made for a democracy that supports minority representation, but only if non-White candidates strip away a fundamental signal of their racial identities.

Registration closes on March 13 at 12pm.


FanFan Lu
Ph.D. Student, Political Science

Fan Lu is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Political Science. She is interested in understanding political relations amongst Latino, Asian, Muslim and African Americans. “People of color” in the U.S. share similar experiences with racial discrimination and political mis/underrepresentation. Yet, each group has distinct racial and cultural identities that lend themselves to different political needs and aspirations. What motivates them to form political coalitions with one another? What instigates inter-group conflict? She answers these questions in her dissertation "Political coalitions and conflicts amongst racial minorities in the U.S."

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