Carole Jean Uhlaner

Associate Professor, Political Science
School of Social Sciences

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1978, Government

A.B., 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

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Comparative Political Behavior, Formal Theory/Social Choice
Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Fellow; Breckinridge Prize, MWPSA
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.
Publications "The Consistency of Participation Across Governmental Levels in Canada." American Journal of Political Science 26 (May 1982): 298-311
  "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.
  "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.
  "The Acquisition of Partisanship by Latinos and Asian-Americans: Immigrants and Native-Born Citizens," (co authored), American Journal of Political Science, 1991.
  "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
  "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
  "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
  “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
  “Postscript: Alternatives to Term Limits.” In Legislative Term Limits: Public Choice Perspectives, ed. Bernard Grofman. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996, pp. 347-349
  “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
  "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
  “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.
  “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
  “Immigrant and Native: Mexican American Presidential Vote Choice Across Immigrant Generations.” (co-authored) American Politics Research 35 (March 2007):176-201
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Western Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Graduate Programs Political Science

Research Centers Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
Center for the Study of Democracy
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