University of California, Riverside

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Benjamin J. Newman

Benjamin J. Newman

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

Public Policy
4153 Interdisciplinary South
(951) 827-2302

Research Areas

  • Racial and Ethnic Politics
  • Class and Income Inequality
  • Political Geography
  • Urban Politics and Policy
  • Research Methods


  • Ph.D. Political Science, Stony Brook University, 2012
  • M.A. Political Science, Stony Brook University, 2010
  • B.A. Political Science, Sonoma State University, 2005


Benjamin J. Newman is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of California, Riverside.  Additionally, Dr. Newman is currently a faculty affiliate at the Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies.  His research focuses on race and ethnic politics, class and income inequality, and urban politics and policy.

In the area of race and ethnic politics, his research focuses on the political consequences of demographic change, and explores this theme within the topical areas of immigration policy and public opinion on immigration, as well as gentrification and its impact on majority-minority communities. Dr. Newman is also interested in the racial politics of policing in the U.S., and race- and class-based inequality in the criminal justice system.  In the area of class and inequality, his research explores the effects of local income inequality on citizens’ support for redistributive policies.  His work in this area also explores the effects of growing economic inequality on public support for labor unions and labor politics more generally. Last, Dr. Newman is interested in quantitative research methods, including survey research and experimental methods.

Dr. Newman's work has been published in a wide range of journals, including the American Political Science Review,  American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsBritish Journal of Political SciencePublic Opinion Quarterly, Research & Politics, American Politics ResearchPolitical Behavior, Political PsychologyPolitical Research QuarterlyInternational Journal of Public Opinion Research, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

View Professor Newman's CV here


Selected Publications: Race and Ethnic Politics

  • Newman, Benjamin J., Todd K. Hartman, Patrick Lown, and Stanley Feldman. 2015.  "Easing the Heavy Hand: Humanitarian Concern, Empathy, and Opinion on Immigration." British Journal of Political Science 45(3): 583-607.
  • Johnston, Christopher D., Benjamin J. Newman, and Yamil Velez. 2015. “Ethnic Change, Personality, and Polarization over Immigration in the American Public.”  Public Opinion Quarterly  79(3): 662-686.
  • Hartman, Todd K., Benjamin J. Newman, and Charles S. Bell. 2014. “Decoding Prejudice toward Hispanics: Group Cues and Public Reactions to Threatening Immigrant Behavior." Political Behavior  36(1): 143-163.
  • Newman, Benjamin J.  2013. “Acculturating Contexts and Anglo Opposition to Immigration in the U.S.” American Journal of Political Science  57(2): 374-390.
  • Newman, Benjamin J., Christopher D. Johnston, April Strickland, and Jack Citrin.  2012. “Immigration Crackdown in the American Workplace: Explaining Variation in E-Verify Policy Adoption across the U.S. States.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly  12(2): 160-180.

Selected Publications: Class and Inequality

  • Newman, Benjamin J. “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Local Gender-Based Earnings Inequality and Women's Belief in the American Dream.” American Journal of Political Science (Forthcoming)
  • Johnston, Christopher D., and Benjamin J. Newman. 2016. “Economic Inequality and U.S. Public Policy Mood across Time and Space.”  American Politics Research 44(1): 164-191.
  • Newman, Benjamin J., Christopher D. Johnston., and Patrick L. Lown. 2015. “False Consciousness or Class Awareness? Local Income Inequality, Personal Economic Position, and Belief in American Meritocracy.” American Journal of Political Science  59(2):326-340.
  • Newman, Benjamin J.  2014. “My Poor Friend: Financial Distress in One’s Social Network, the Perceived Power of the Rich, and Support for Redistribution.”  Journal of Politics  76(1): 126-138.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

School of Public Policy
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South

Tel: (951) 827-5564


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