Politics and the New Majority – 01:790:349:01
Seminar-style course, will explore themes in political participation by new immigrant groups, in particular Asian and Latino communities. The focus will be on electoral campaigns, particularly by immigrant and non-immigrant candidates running for office. Through readings, guest speakers and assignments, students will gain deeper understanding of the role of mobilization, coalition politics, and electoral reforms in engaging immigrants in the political process. Where possible, the 2014 election cycle will serve as an anchor for research, with the expectation that students will be engaged in primary and secondary research on electoral campaigns.
Bio: Sayu Bhojwani is a visiting scholar at the Eagleton Program on Immigration and Democracy. She is the founder and president of The New American Leaders Project, a non-profit organization that recruits recognized individuals with a track record of civic involvement and trains them in the key skills needed for public leadership. Sayu served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs under Mayor Michael Bloomberg (2002-2004).