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Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. is dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and professor of political science. He studies racial and ethnic politics, the mass media, and electoral behavior. Much of his research focuses on public policy issues in minority communities and on minority political empowerment at the local and national level, as well as on the changing nature of congressional constituencies in the U.S.
September 09, 2008
Although the media continue to play up the horse-race aspect of the presidential campaign, it is important to note that we have a long way to go. Another way to think about it is that an important national election is much like an NBA game – not m...
October 16, 2008
Too much is being made in the media these days about the so-called “Bradley effect.” In fact there is so much media coverage of this, I will only summarize that the Bradley effect has to do with hidden racial bias in American elections. What this apoplectic coverage misses, however, is the more central question: how will Americans think about race on November 4? In other words, will the current presidential election transform racial attitudes, hence race relations, in any meaningful way?...