The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2021. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.
Kaiyu Li is a PhD candidate in political science at University of Illinois Chicago. Her research focuses on comparative urban politics, political representation and participation of immigrant groups. Her dissertation is a comparative study of Chinatown developments in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago within the past three decades. Her research asks why Chinatowns in different cities have different trajectories of development. Her dissertation examines how different types of political interaction between different Chinatown community groups and local governments affect the Chinatown development. It provides a more comprehensive understanding of how post-1965 immigrants participate politically in both traditional and nonelectoral ways. It proposes a theoretical framework that can be applied to analyze the development of other ethnic minority groups in the United States. Her research will help policy makers to better understand the dynamics within Chinese-American communities and come up with better strategies for community engagement and better policy to promote ethnic integration. A comparison between Chinatowns and other ethnic enclaves will provide a better understanding of ethnic complexity and ethnic integration. Her research also helps to facilitate the policy learning process between different Chinese American groups and other immigrant groups to promote the wellbeing of their community.