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Uneven Roads

Uneven Roads
An Introduction to U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics

Third Edition

Other Titles in:
Minority Politics

February 2024 | 488 pages | CQ Press

Uneven Roads helps students grasp how, when, and why race and ethnicity matter in U.S. politics. Using the metaphor of a road, with twists, turns, and dead ends, this incisive text takes students on a journey to understanding political racialization and the roots of modern interpretations of race and ethnicity. The book’s structure and narrative are designed to encourage comparison and reflection. Students critically analyze the history and context of U.S. racial and ethnic politics to build the skills needed to draw their own conclusions.


In the Third Edition of this groundbreaking text, authors ShawDeSipioPinderhughesFrasure, and Travis bring the historical narrative to life by addressing the most contemporary debates and challenges affecting U.S. racial and ethnic politics. Students will explore important issues regarding voting rights, political representation, education and criminal justice policies, and the immigrant experience.

1 Introduction: Race as an Uneven Road
2 Native Americans: The Road From Majority to Minority, 1500s–1970s
3 The African American Political Journey, 1500s–1965
4 The Road Toward Contemporary Latino Politics, 1500s–1970s
5 Different and Common Asian American Roads, 1800s–1960s
6 Whiteness and the Shifting Roads of Immigrant America, 1780s–1960s
7 Voting Rights in American Life
8 Group Identity, Ideology, and Activism
9 Political Behavior and Representation: Minorities’ Growing Voice
10 Education and Criminal Justice Policies: Opportunity and Alienation
11 Immigration Policy: The Road to Settlement and Citizenship
12 Diasporic Politics and Foreign Affairs
13 Beyond Race: Intersections of Race, Gender, Class, and Sexual Orientation


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Todd Shaw

Todd Shaw has appointments in both the Department of Political Science and the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He is the College of Arts and Science’s Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies. From 2017 to 2021, Shaw was the department chair of political science and later the interim associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Arts & Sciences. He researches and teaches in the areas of African American politics, urban politics, and public policy, as well as citizen activism and social movements. More About Author

Louis DeSipio

Louis DeSipio is professor of political science and professor of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). His research interests include ethnic politics, Latino politics, immigration, naturalization, and U.S. electoral politics. He has designed and collected primary survey data that measure Latino political values, attitudes, and behaviors, and has designed and directed ethnographic research projects that added context and nuance to the survey data. DeSipio’s research has expanded the boundaries of the race and ethnic politics scholarship to inform other subfields, particularly immigration and immigrant... More About Author

Dianne Pinderhughes

Dianne Pinderhughes is Rev. Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, where she is professor of political science and of Africana studies. She is author of Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics: A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory, and coauthor of Contested Transformation: Race, Gender and Political Leadership in 21st Century America (2016). Pinderhughes’s research addresses inequality, with a focus on racial, ethnic, and gender politics and public policy; explores the creation of American civil society institutions in the twentieth century; and analyzes their influence on... More About Author

Lorrie Frasure

Lorrie Frasure is the inaugural Ralph J. Bunche Endowed Chair at the University of California–Los Angeles. She is a professor of political science and African American studies at the University of California–Los Angeles. She is the director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and faculty director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (CSREP) at UCLA. She is the author of Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which won two national book awards from the American Political Science Association). Since 2008 she has served as the co-Principal Investigator... More About Author

Toni-Michelle C. Travis

Toni-Michelle C. Travis is professor emerita of policy and government at George Mason University and a former fellow of Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute. She has taught and conducted research on urban, racial/ethnic, and Virginia politics. She coauthor The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race and Ethnicity, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexuality, and Disability (McGraw Hill, 2015). Travis has served as a political analyst on Virginia and national politics. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781071824566