Carole Jean Uhlaner

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Professor, Political Science
School of Social Sciences
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1978, Government
B.A., Radcliffe College, 1971, Applied Mathematics
M.S., Stanford University, 1972, Engineering - Economic Systems
Phone: (949) 824-7329
Fax: (949) 824-8762
University of California, Irvine
3125 Social Science Plaza A
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697-5100
Research Interests
Comparative Political Behavior, Formal Theory/Social Choice
Academic Distinctions
Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Fellow; Breckinridge Prize, MWPSA
Research Abstract
Professor Uhlaner works in the field of comparative political behavior, notably in North America and Western Europe. She is particularly interested in understanding mass political participation and mass-elite linkages. She has worked on theories of social choice and rationality and has used this to guide her empirical work. Her current research examines the political mobilization of ethnic minorities in the United States. In addition, she has worked on gender and politics. Professor Uhlaner's graduate teaching includes seminars on political participation and representation, political behavior, and methods of political inquiry. She often uses mathematical and formal approaches in her teaching as well as research.
“The Role of Coethnic Political Mobilization in Electoral Incorporation: Evidence from Orange County, California.” (coauthor Danvy Le) Politics, Groups, and Identities 5 (June 2017). Published online Dec. 7 2015. doi: 10.1080/21565503.2015.1109527
“Collective Representation as a Mobilizer: Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Their Intersections at the State Level.” (co-authored with Becki Scola) State Politics & Policy Quarterly 16 (June 2016):227-263
“Relational Goods and Overcoming Barriers to Collective Action.” Decisions 24 (December 2015): 171-190. DOI: 10.7206/DEC.1733-0092.66
“Relational Goods and Resolving the Paradox of Political Participation.” RECERCA: Revista de Pensament I Ana`lisi, 14 (April 2014): 47-72.
“Potentiality and Representation: The Link between Descriptive Representation and Participation in the United States.” Politics and Gender 8 (Dec. 2012): 535-541 doi:10.1017/S1743923X12000566
“Immigrant and Native: Mexican American Presidential Vote Choice Across Immigrant Generations.” (co-authored) American Politics Research 35 (March 2007):176-201
“Learning Which Party Fits: Experience, Ethnic Identity, and the Demographic Foundations of Latino Party Identification,” (co-authored) In Diversity in Democracy: Minority Representation in the United States, ed. by Gary M. Segura and Shaun Bowler. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005, pp. 72-101
“Latino Public Opinion,” (co-authored) In Public Opinion, 2nd edition, ed. Barbara Norrander and Clyde Wilcox. Washington D.C.: CQ Press, 2002, pp. 77-101.
"Political Activity and Preferences of African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans." In Immigration and Race: New Challenges for American Democracy, ed. Gerald D. Jaynes. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000, pp. 217-254
“Latinos and Ethnic Politics in California: Participation and Preference.” In Latino Politics in California, ed. Aníbal Yáñez-Chávez. La Jolla: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California San Diego, 1996, pp. 33-72
“Comments on Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority. In Mexican Americans: Are They An Ambivalent Minority?, ed. Lisa Magaña. Claremont, CA.: The Tomás Rivera Center, 1994, pp. 9-16
"What the Downsian Voter Weighs: A Reassessment of the Costs and Benefits of Action." In Information, Participation and Choice: `An Economic Theory of Democracy' in Perspective, ed. Bernard Grofman. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 1993, pp. 67-79
"Political Participation and Discrimination: A Comparative Analysis of Asians, Blacks, and Latinos." In Political Participation and American Democracy, ed. William Crotty. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991, pp. 139-170
"Perceived Discrimination and Prejudice and the Coalition Prospects of Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans." In Ethnic and Racial Politics in California, ed. Byron O. Jackson and Michael B. Preston. Berkeley, CA: Institute of Governmental Studies Press, 1991, pp. 339-371
"Electoral Participation: Summing up a Decade." Transaction/Society 28 (July/August 1991): 35-40
"The Acquisition of Partisanship by Latinos and Asian-Americans: Immigrants and Native-Born Citizens," (co authored), American Journal of Political Science, 1991.
"Political Participation of Ethnic Minorities in the 1980's," (co-authored), Political Behavior, 1989.
"Relational Goods and Participation: Incorporating Sociability into a Theory of Rational Action," Public Choice, 1989.
"Rational Turnout: The Neglected Role of Groups," American Journal of Political Science, 1989.
"Turnout in Recent American Presidential Elections." Political Behavior 11 (March 1989): 57-79.
"Political Participation, Rational Actors, and Rationality: A New Approach." Political Psychology 7 (September 1986): 551-573.
"The Race May Be Close But My Horse is Going to Win: Wish Fulfillment in the 1980 Presidential Election," (co-authored) Political Behavior 8 (No. 2, 1986): 101-129
"Candidate Gender and Congressional Campaign Receipts," (co-authored), Journal of Politics, 1986.
"Metapreferences and the Reasons for Stability in Social Choice: Thoughts on Broadening and Clarifying the Debate." (coauthored) Theory and Decision 19 (July 1985): 31-50.
"La participation politique des femmes au Québec: 1965-1977." In Comportement électoral au Québec, ed. Jean Crête. Chicoutimi, Quebec: Gaëtan Morin, 1984, pp. 201-242.
"The Consistency of Participation Across Governmental Levels in Canada." American Journal of Political Science 26 (May 1982): 298-311
"Isotope Effect in Electron Stimulated Desorption: Oxygen Chemisorbed on Tungsten." (coauthored) The Journal of Chemical Physics 52 (May 15, 1970): 5215-5220.
Professional Societies
American Political Science Association
Western Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Other Experience
Assistant Professor
Northwestern University 1977—1981
Graduate Programs
Political Science
Research Centers
Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
Center for the Study of Democracy
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