Spring Speaker Series: Dr. Samara Klar

Departmental Event

Dr. Samara Klar

Start Date: Mar 31, 2023 - 12:00pm
End Date: Mar 31, 2023 - 01:30pm

Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 2069

Please join us for the second installment of our Spring 2023 Speaker Series as we welcome Dr. Samara Klar on Friday, March 31st, 2023 at 12:00pm. 

Dr. Samara Klar is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Government and Public PolicyShe studies how individuals’ personal identities and social surroundings influence their political attitudes and behavior. She most often uses experimental methods (in and outside the lab), surveys, and other statistical tools. She received her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and also holds degrees in political science from Columbia University and McGill University.

This event is free and open to the public.

UNM Social Sciences Building, Room 2069
Building 078, Roma Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
ADA Accessible doors and elevator are located on the south side of the building.
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Talk Title:  Racial Differences in Affective Polarization: Survey Evidence of Relative Inter-Partisan Harmony among Hispanic Americans 

Abstract:  Affective polarization—that is, personal dislike and distrust between Democrats and Republicans—is shown to arise, at least in part, from a shrinking number of cross-cutting identities that are shared by both Democrats and Republicans. We argue that this phenomenon might be specifically relevant to non-Hispanic white Americans, but less so to Hispanics who form a politically diverse group with strong social ties that unite them.

Across 6 years of ANES data and original survey data from nine different states across the country, we first show that Hispanics report persistently higher levels of out-party affect than do non-Hispanic whites. With nationally representative data, we directly connect the degree people are sorted to out-partisan hostility and we then find that Hispanics are consistently less socially sorted than whites. Finally, we show with novel survey data that Hispanics are less likely than whites to hold animosity toward out-partisan members of their own racial and ethnic group. We conclude that affective polarization might be less prevalent among the non-white groups who make up the fastest-growing proportion of the American electorate.