Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders

Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early Twenty-first Century
Ronald Schmidt Sr., Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Andrew L. Aoki, and Rodney E. Hero


Over the past four decades, the United States has experienced the largest influx of immigrants in its history. Not only has the ratio of European to non-European newcomers changed, but the numbers of recent arrivals from the Asian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, South America, and other regions are increasing.

In this timely study, a team of political scientists examines how the arrival of these newcomers has affected the efforts of long-standing U.S. minority groups—Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Americans—to gain equality through greater political representation and power. The authors predict that, for some time to come, the United States will function as a complex multiracial hierarchy, rather than as a genuine democracy.

Ronald Schmidt, Sr. is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach.

Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh is Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Office for Women's Affairs (OWA) at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Andrew L. Aoki is Professor of Political Science at Augsburg College.

Rodney E. Hero is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Praise / Awards

  • "The authors have done a commendable and impressive job of addressing a topic of long-lasting and increasing significance in U.S. politics."
    —F. Chris Garcia, University of New Mexico

  • "This is a path-breaking book that will be read across disciplines beyond political science."
    —James Jennings, Tufts University

  • "Schmidt, Alex-Assensoh, Aoki, and Hero provide a timely, novel examination of the politcal and policy debate about immigration to the US...they dutifully fill the void in the study of racial and ethnic politics with the presentation of a synthesis of the field."
    —T.J. Vicino, CHOICE

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