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Karthick Ramakrishnan

Karthick Ramakrishnan

Professor and Associate Dean, School of Public Policy

Political Science
2220 Watkins Hall
(951) 827-5540

Research Areas

  • Civic participation
  • Immigration policy
  • Politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States.


  • Ph.D. Princeton University, Princeton, 2002
  • B.A. Brown University, Providence, 1996


Karthick Ramakrishnan is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, where he also serves as Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy. His research focuses on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of, which seeks to make policy-relevant data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders more accessible to a variety of audiences. He is the author, most recently of  The New Immigration Federalism  (Cambridge, 2015), and is founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP), an official section journal of the American Political Science Association.

Ramakrishnan received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University, and has held fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). He has received many grants from sources such as the James Irvine Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, and has provided consultation to public officials at the federal and local levels.

In addition, Ramakrishnan is director of the UC-wide program on AAPI Policy, an appointee to the California Commission on APIA Affairs (2014-2017), an adjunct fellow at PPIC, and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He has appeared in over 1,000 news stories, including in the New York TimesEconomistLos Angeles TimesPBS NewshourMSNBC, and CNN.

Ramakrishnan’s articles have appeared in International Migration Review; Perspectives on Politics; NYU Law Review; Urban Affairs Review; Politics, Groups & Identities; Social Science Quarterly; Journal of Social Inquiry; Arizona State Law Journal; and The DuBois Review. His books include  The New Immigration Federalism  (2015),  Democracy in Immigrant America  (2005), Asian American Political Participation  (2011, with Janelle Wong, Taeku Lee, and Jane Junn), and two edited volumes on immigrant politics and civic engagement:  Transforming Politics, Transforming America  (2006, with Taeku Lee and Ricardo Ramirez) and  Civic Roots and Political Realities  (2008, with Irene Bloemraad).

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  • Gulasekaram, Pratheepan, and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan. 2015.  The New Immigration Federalism . New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wong, Janelle, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Taeku Lee, and Jane Junn. 2011. Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick, and Irene Bloemraad, eds. 2008. Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations, and Political Engagement. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. (Refereed)
  • Lee, Taeku, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Ricardo Ramírez, eds. 2006. Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. (Refereed)
  • Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick. 2005. Democracy in Immigrant America: Changing Demographics and Political Participation. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

Journal Articles

  • Gulasekaram, Pratheepan, and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan. 2016. “The President and Immigration Federalism,” 68 Florida Law Review. (forthcoming)
  • Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick. 2014. “Asian Americans And The Rainbow: The Prospects and Limits of Coalitional Politics,” Politics, Groups, and Identities 2(3): 522-529.
  • Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick. 2014. “Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Urgency of Public Relevance,” Journal of Asian American Studies 17(1): 91–94.
  • Gulasekaram, Pratheepan, and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan. 2013. “Immigration Federalism: A Reappraisal,” New York University Law Review NYU Law Review 88: 2074-2145.
  • Merolla, Jennifer, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Chris Haynes. 2013. “‘Illegal,’ ‘Undocumented,’ or ‘Unauthorized’: Equivalency Frames, Issue Frames, and Public Opinion on Immigration,” Perspectives on Politics 11(3): 789-807.
  • Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick, and Pratheepan Gulasekaram. 2012.  “The Importance of the Political in Immigration Federalism,” Arizona State Law Journal 44: 1431-1488.
  • Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick, and Celia Viramontes. 2010.  “Civic Spaces: Mexican Hometown Associations and Immigrant Participation,” Journal of Social Issues 66(1): 155-173.
  • Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick, Janelle Wong, Taeku Lee, and Jane Junn.  2009. “Race-Based Considerations and the Obama Vote,” Du Bois Review 6:1, 219-238.
  • Lewis, Paul, and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan. 2007.  “Police Practices in Immigrant-Destination Cities: Political Control or Bureaucratic Professionalism?” Urban Affairs Review 42:6, 874-900.
  • Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick.  2004.  “Second Generation Immigrants?  The 2.5 Generation in the United States,” Social Science Quarterly 85:2, 380-399.
  • Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick, and Thomas J. Espenshade.  2001.  “Immigrant Incorporation and Political Participation in the United States,” International Migration Review 35:3, 870-909.
  • Lien, Pei-te, Christian Collet, Janelle Wong, and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan.  2001.  “Asian Pacific American Public Opinion and Political Participation,” PS: Political Science and Politics 34: 3, 625-630.

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