Marayna Martinez | Exclusionary Discipline and Early Adult Political Participation Among Students of Color

CSDP American Politics Colloquium
Feb 15, 2024, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Faculty, fellows, and graduate students only



Event Description

Over the past few decades, school discipline practices have begun to resemble the American carceral state. Suspensions and expulsions separate students deemed “deviant” from their peers and negatively affect their academic and economic success. Suppose we view exclusionary discipline as an authoritarian institution like the carceral state. In that case, we can ask how contact with exclusionary discipline directly or indirectly affects the political participation of students of color. Drawing from work on racialized policy feedback and contact with the carceral state, I hypothesize that being suspended or being in a school with harsh use of exclusionary discipline will be related to political participation for Black, Hispanic, and Asian students. I find that being suspended is related to lower political participation for Black and Hispanic students, but not Asian students. I also find that being exposed to high use of exclusionary discipline is also associated with lower political participation for Asian students, even if they are not removed from school themselves. This work indicates that exclusionary discipline policies may affect children of different ethnoracial groups differently and have far-reaching consequences, even for students who are never suspended.

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