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Shyam Sriram

PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Sriram's areas of expertise include American politics, Asian American politics, and immigration and refugee resettlement.



"A Tulsi by Any Other Name: Evaluating South Asian American Support for a Hindu Member of Congress" in Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics, edited by Nadia E. Brown and Sarah A. Gershon (Routledge, 2016).

Seeks to present studies of minority women that highlight how they are similar and dissimilar to other groups of women or minorities as well as variations within groups of minority women.

"To be a Rock and Not to Roll: Promoting Political Literacy through Music and Mixtapes" in Teaching Politics beyond the Book: Film, Texts, and New Media in the Classroom, edited by Robert W. Glover and Daniel Tagliarina (Bloomsbury Press, 2012).

Seeks new ways to foster learning beyond the textbook and lecture model, by using creative and new media, including graphic novels, animated films, hip-hop music, Twitter, and more.

"A Comparative Analysis of Collective Action Frames in Nosamo and the Tea Party" (with Matthew David Jenkins and Jaedong Choi). Asian Journal of Comparative Politics 2, no. 3 (2017): 293-307.

Examines how the development of an organizational structure affected the dominant frame of South Korea's Nosamo and the Tea Party Movement, comparing structures and outcomes. Finds out whether there are differences in each group's ability to affect a unified presence by examining group documents and news coverage.

"The Politics of Deracialisation: South Asian American Candidates, Nicknames, and Campaign Strategies" (with Stonegarden Grindlife). South Asian Diaspora 9, no. 1 (2016): 17-31.

Focuses on the deracialisation strategies of South Asian American candidates for elected office. Argues that there is a distinct patten among these candidates in terms of the representation they embody, as well as their personal choices including using non-ethnic nicknames in their campaign materials. Suggests that candidates who used a non-ethnic nickname were at least 25% more likely to win an election.

"Innovative Ideas in Civic Engagement Across Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges" (with Amy Atchison, Elizabeth Bennion, John Forren, Arthur Sanders, and John Theis). EJournal of Public Affairs (2015).

Discusses civic engagement at various institutions and shares ideas about what worked at each. Focuses on implementing practices that ameliorated American civic knowledge among students, faculty, staff, and universities as a whole.