New article on Asian-American civic engagement during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections co-authored by faculty members Ali R. Chaudhary and Quan D. Mai

"Educational Place, Simultaneity, and Civic Participation in Asian America"
Ali R Chaudhary, Quan D Mai (2021) RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, April 2021, 7 (2) 111-128; DOI:

Article Abstract: Educational attainment is widely assumed to be positively correlated with civic participation in the United States. Yet Asian immigrants represent a civic paradox because they often report low rates of civic participation despite having relatively high educational attainment. This study investigates how educational place mediates civic participation among six Asian immigrant groups in the United States. We use the concept of simultaneity to examine the extent to which foreign and domestic educational environments mediate Asian immigrant proclivities for civic participation. Using survey data from the 2016 National Asian American Survey pre-election survey, we find exposure to foreign educational place decreases civic participation for all Asian immigrants; and educational place mediates subgroup group-level proclivities for civic participation. We conclude by discussing the significance of educational contexts relative to collective transnational simultaneity.