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Sara Sadhwani

Professor of Political Science, Pomona College

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Sadhwani's research focuses on voting behavior, elections, public opinion, public policy, and interest groups, with an emphasis on the representation of racial, ethnic and immigrant communities. Sadhwani's writings include Asian and Latino voting behavior and electoral institutions. Sadhwani serves on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission for the State of California.

In the News

Sara Sadhwani quoted on political parties not taking any community for granted and both parties needing to make more concerted efforts to broadly engage Indian American voters and Asian American voters by Marina Fang, "Indian Americans Take Pride In Kamala, But Democrats Must Not Take Them For Granted" Huffpost, December 22, 2020.
Sara Sadhwani's research on the significance of a female-majority Redistricting Commission being especially resonant on this hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage and seeing our first female vice president.” discussed by Will Shuck, "Women Shatter Glass Ceiling on Redistricting Commission ," Capitol Weekly, December 16, 2020.
Sara Sadhwani quoted on Indian Americans have historically identified as Democrats and have a more solidified partisan identity, "Kamala Harris Could Boost Asian American Voter Turnout, Researchers Say" NBC News, October 7, 2020.
"Op-Ed: Liberals Skeptical of Joe Biden Should Look to the Example of Jerry Brown," Sara Sadhwani (with Manuel Pastor), Opinion, Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2020.
"Will Asian Americans Make California Even Bluer in November?," Sara Sadhwani, Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, June 5, 2018.

Publications

"Asian American Mobilization: The Effect of Candidates and Districts on Asian American Voting Behavior" Political Behavior (2020).

Analyzes Asian American voter turnout in the presence of a co-ethnic candidate. I find variations in voting behavior by national origin.

"Candidate Ethnicity and Latino Voting in Co-partisan Elections" California Journal of Politics and Policy 10, no. 2 (2018).

Examines the vote choice of Latino voters under the constraint of California's top two primary. Finds a strong level of support for Latino Republican candidates suggesting that a candidate's ethnicity may inform voters' strategic decision making in co-partisan elections.

"Structuring Good Representation" (with Jane Junn). Political Science Now 51, no. 2 (2018).

Argues that electoral innovations in California such as the switch to a Top Two Primary, term limits and a citizens redistricting commission, combined with demographic change led to increases in Asian American and Latino representation in the state legislature and U.S. Congress.