New podcast episode: How collaboration is expanding what we know about racial and ethnic groups

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What we used to know about public attitudes and opinions was almost exclusively about white Americans. In most polls and surveys, everyone else fell into the category of non-white or other. This was a major gap in understanding the diverse perspectives of many Americans, especially those with views on politics and society that likely differed greatly from white Americans.

On this episode of the Co-Authored podcast, we learn about one the most ambitious recent collaborations to address this problem. The Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey or CMPS has brought together hundreds of scholars of racial and ethnic politics.

Started just in 2008, the collaboration aims to map the political opinions and behavior of people who have never been seen or studied in this way. Previous surveys have not had the focus on collecting a sufficiently large number of respondents to answer questions and compare the attitudes of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and other marginalized groups. The CMPS has aimed to solve.

The original team in 2008 included: Matt A. Barreto, (then at the University of Washington-Seattle) now at UCLA; Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, University of California, Los Angeles; Ange-Marie Hancock, University of Southern California; Sylvia Manzano, Latino Decisions; S. Karthick (Subramanian Karthick) Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside; Ricardo Ramirez, University of Notre Dame; Gabriel Sanchez, University of New Mexico; and Janelle Wong, University of Maryland. That team has grown to be much much bigger, likely over a hundred collaborators spread out across the country in 2020.

Listen, learn, and share how this collaboration came together and what has made it work on this episode of the Co-Authored podcast.

The Co-Authored podcast is supported by the American Political Science Association, John Jay College, and the New Books Network. It is edited by Sam Anderson.



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Heath Brown

Heath Brown, associate prof of public policy, City University of New York, study presidential transitions, school choice, nonprofits