The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP), under the editorship of Alexandra Filindra (University of Illinois—Chicago), is pleased to announce a call for papers on the politics of race, ethnicity, and the US Presidency. The issue seeks papers from all corners of the discipline of political science that explore the role that presidents and the broader executive branch—e.g., the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, etc.—have played in racial and ethnic politics in the United States and also the ways that racial and ethnic politics have shaped the institution of the Presidency. Some key questions are: How have racial and ethnic politics shaped the electoral fortunes of candidates during presidential nominating contests and general elections? Has the rhetoric of both aspirants to the White House and US presidents on issues in racial and ethnic politics shifted in response to the browning of America due to immigration and/or other social forces? Is race and racial (in)equality presented as related to – juxtaposed, linked, separate from—other dimensions of inequality (economic class, gender, cultural) and/or to major American values (freedom, liberty, community); how? What role does the media play in shaping the ways that the American electorate engages with issues in racial and ethnic politics during presidential campaign cycles? Do different media – e.g., white newspapers vs. minority-owned newspapers – cover these issues more or less extensively, similarly or differently; how so? Does the social media use of American presidents lead to increasing racial and ethnic polarization and nativism in the American electorate?
Rodney Hero (Arizona State University) and Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. (Northwestern University) will serve as the editors of the special issue. Proposals must be submitted to the guest editors by July 15, 2019. The publication schedule for the journal will require accepted papers to be completed in accordance with the journal’s editorial style by January 15, 2020.
Papers selected for publication will be encouraged and guided to link and engage with each other, thereby enriching the overall intellectual contribution of this special edition. To facilitate these goals, scholars whose papers are accepted for consideration for publication will also have the opportunity to present their work at a one-day workshop at Northwestern University in February 2020.
Proposals should be no more than two pages in length. For empirical research, please summarize the research question, theoretical importance, hypotheses, and data to be used.