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Julie Lee Merseth

Assistant Professor

B.A., Macalester College; Ph.D., University of Chicago
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interest(s): American politics; racial and ethnic politics; immigration and immigrant political incorporation; women and politics

Program Area(s): American Politics

Regional Specialization(s): United States

Subfield Specialties: Feminist and Gender Studies; Public Opinion, Political Communication, and Political Participation; Race, Ethnicity and Politics


Julie Lee Merseth's interests are situated in the field of American politics with a dual and overlapping focus on race and immigration. Her research is especially animated by questions of how racial and ethnic politics in the United States are changing as a result of fast-growing populations of immigrants, largely from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Her current book project, Beyond Panethnicity: Immigration and the Challenges of Racial Solidarity, investigates the potential and pitfalls of forging a race-based political solidarity among Asian Americans and Latinos.

Select Publications

  • “Examining the Causal Impact of the Voting Rights Act Language Minority Provisions,” with Bernard L. Fraga. 2016. Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 1 (1): 31-59.

  • “Racial Pessimism in the Early Obama Era,” with Michael C. Dawson. Forthcoming. In Reflections on Black Politics in the Early 21st Century. Oxford University Press.
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