Karthick Ramakrishnan is associate dean of the UC Riverside School of Public Policy, and professor of public policy and political science. He is also a Board Member of The California Endowment and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Ramakrishnan’s research focuses on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of AAPIdata.com, which seeks to make policy-relevant data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders more accessible to a variety of audiences. He is the author, most recently of Framing Immigrants (Russell Sage, 2016) and The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and is founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP), an official section journal of the American Political Science Association.
Ramakrishnan received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University, and has held fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). He has received many grants from sources such as National Science Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation, and has provided consultation to public officials at the federal and local levels.
In addition, Ramakrishnan is director of the UC-wide program on AAPI Policy, an appointee to the California Commission on APIA Affairs (2014-2017) and an adjunct fellow at PPIC. He has appeared in over 1,000 news stories, including in the New York Times, Economist, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, and CNN.
Ramakrishnan’s articles have appeared in International Migration Review; Perspectives on Politics; NYU Law Review; Urban Affairs Review; Politics, Groups & Identities; Social Science Quarterly; Journal of Social Inquiry; Arizona State Law Journal; and The DuBois Review. His books include Framing Immigrants (forthcoming 2016), The New Immigration Federalism (2015), Asian American Political Participation (2011, with Janelle Wong, Taeku Lee, and Jane Junn), Democracy in Immigrant America (2005), and two edited volumes on immigrant politics and civic engagement: Transforming Politics, Transforming America (2006, with Taeku Lee and Ricardo Ramirez) and Civic Hopes and Political Realities (2008, with Irene Bloemraad).