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Politics & The Census/How NonCitizens & Prisoners Are CountedPost: Cindy Ferry
Cross Posting ... even though I disagree with the stand on this issue ... I did want to make sure all in our community are aware of this seminar.
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April 2011

Randall Lewis Seminar Series - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Politics and the Census . . . the Census and Politics

Karthick Ramakrishnan

The U.S. Census is an enterprise that is fundamentally tied to political institutions and processes. Although most of the data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau—either in the form of the decennial census, the American Community Survey, or the Current Population Survey—is decidedly apolitical, there are important ways in which politics has shaped the work of the U.S. Census Bureau, and ways in which the decennial census has important implications for politics.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor of Political Science at UCR, will examine both aspects of politics -- as cause and consequence as related to the census – at the Wednesday, April 13 Randall Lewis Seminar Series. The seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room C, UCR Extension Building, 1200 University Ave., Riverside.

In tackling the question of how politics has informed the work of the decennial census, Dr. Ramakrishnan will focus on two contemporary debates: One debate focuses on the way that noncitizens and prisoners are counted for apportionment and the fundamental questions about the meaning of citizenship and political representation in the United States.

The second debate -- the politics of census measurement, the undercount and attempts to correct for it – touches upon questions of apportionment and redistricting: political representation, public administration, federal power and federal policy.

Dr. Ramakrishnan also will consider the indirect political implications of the census, especially declarations about the size of racial minority groups. To fully understand the political implications of census reports means going well beyond demographic patterns and trends, and examining the ways in which patterns of political behavior and political processes shape the influence of such trends on politics.

About the speaker

Dr. Ramakrishnan’s research focuses on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. He is one of the principal investigators for the 2008 National Asian American Survey, the first of its kind conducted at the national level.

In 2011-12, he will hold visiting fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation (New York) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.).

He received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University, and has held fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation and the Public Policy Institute of California. He has received several grants from sources such as the James Irvine Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, and has provided consultation to public officials at the federal and local levels.

His articles have appeared in International Migration Review, Urban Affairs Review, Social Science Quarterly, and The DuBois Review. He is also the author of Democracy in Immigrant America (Stanford University Press, 2005), and is an editor of two volumes on immigrant politics and civic engagement: Transforming Politics, Transforming America (University of Virginia Press, 2006) and Civic Roots and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations, and Political Engagement (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008).

Seminar: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.,

Conference Rm. C, UCR Extension Bldg., 1200 University Ave., Riverside (See MAP)

The seminars are free of charge.

If you plan to attend, registration is required at:

or contact Judy Swineford, 951-827-7945

About Randall Lewis

Randall LewisRandall Lewis is well known for his innovative approaches to planning, designing, and marketing residential communities as Executive Vice President of the Upland-based Lewis Group of Companies.

He has been Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, Director of the Home Builder's Council, National Director of the National Association of Home Builders, and President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation.

He was inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Sales and Marketing Council's MAME Awards Marketing Person of the Year. He is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation.

He serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research.He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.

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