The Great Recession: Implications of Minority and Immigrant Communities

While the Great Recession has significantly impacted the economic prospects for many Americans, the outcomes have been disproportionately felt by communities of color and immigrants across the country.  The investigators theorize that the intersection of the economic recession and simultaneous growth of populations of color may be expected to: 1) produce observable changes in racial attitudes among the electorate; 2) influence state level policy outcomes in important ways; 3) shape the political incorporation of people of color and immigrants; and 4) impact the political socialization of minority and mixed-status youth in these communities.  Using existing data the investigators will conduct an analysis of aggregate-level data across the U.S. over time to comprehensively identify and analyze trends.


Additionally, the investigators will examine trends in political participation, policy opinions and attitudes toward people of other races through public opinion surveys.  Finally, the investigators will explore the impact that the recent diversification of the US population has had on policy opinions and attitudes toward racial and ethnic minorities and immigrants.  The proposed research responds to two of the five Russell Sage Foundation priorities not addressed by projects already funded, including: 1) effects on communities particularly hard hit by foreclosures and/or unemployment; and 2) changes in attitudes and social norms brought on by the economic slump.

Project Investigators:  Gabriel Sanchez, PhD; Jillian Medeiros, PhD; and Kimberley Huyser, PhD.
Project Dates: 3/1/2012 - 2/28/2014.