The Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha prize is awarded annually for the best paper presented at the previous year’s annual meeting. The award is supported by Pi Sigma Alpha.
This paper examines why nearly three-fourths of Asian Americans vote for Democratic candidates in presidential elections, despite prevailing research that indicates they should vote for Republicans because of their relatively high income. The authors show that both social exclusion (being viewed as “less American” than others) and intergroup solidarity (perceived common interests with other ethnic minorities that support the Democratic Party) explain Asian Americans’ support for Democratic candidates. These findings are supported by a large-scale representative survey and two experimental studies. This excellent paper contributes to our understanding of identity politics and the coalitional bases of political parties.
David Canon, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Jonathan Fox, American University
Anna Law, CUNY Brooklyn College
Recipients: Alexander Kuo, Cornell University; Neil Malhotra, Stanford Graduate School of Business; and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, Vanderbilt University
Title: “Why Do Asian Americans Identify as Democrats? Testing Theories of Social Exclusion and Intergroup Solidarity.”