Chinbo Chong will complete her PhD in American Politics at the University of Michigan in 2019. Her research addresses political behavior, public opinion, and political incorporation with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, and immigration, using survey and experimental methods. She was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Vice-Provost’s Diversity Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in 2018-2019, and received her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010.
Chinbo’s dissertation is a study of the effectiveness of pan-ethnic (e.g., Asian American; Latino/Hispanic) and national origin (e.g., Chinese American; Mexican American) identity appeals on voter turnout, candidate evaluation, and civic participation among Latinos and Asian Americans. She explores when and to what extent pan-ethnic identity appeals mobilize Latinos and Asian Americans when a significant proportion of them prefer their national origin identities (e.g., Chinese American; Mexican American). She builds a theoretical argument that connects these varying identity appeals to key markers of the immigrant socialization, including: nativity status, length of residence in the U.S., immigrant generational status, English proficiency, and experiences with discrimination. Leveraging a series of randomized survey experiments, she finds mirroring and differential factors across Latinos and Asian Americans that speak to the unique paths to politicization of the two groups.
At CSDP, Chinbo plans to transform her dissertation into a book manuscript, tentatively titled Identity Appeals in the Age of Immigration: The Role of Panethnic and National Origin Elite Appeals on Latino and Asian American Political Behavior. Expanding on previous research, she will further investigate the responsiveness of panethnic and national origin identity appeals when the source of appeals varies by candidate’s race.