Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Fan Lu

Fan LuAssistant Professor
PhD Political Science (University of California, Davis), BA Economics (Emory University)

Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, C429



Research Interests

American Politics, Racial Politics, Immigration, Quantitative Methods

Brief Biography

Fan Lu’s primary fields of study are American Politics and Quantitative Methods, with a focus on race. She is interested in understanding political relations between Latinos, Asians and African Americans. “People of color” in the United States share similar experiences with discrimination and political mis/underrepresentation. Yet, each group has distinct racial and cultural identities that lend themselves to different political needs and aspirations. What motivates them to form political coalitions with one another? What instigates inter-group conflict? She answers these questions using a combination of individual and aggregate level data, with plans to extend the study of racial politics beyond the United States.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Lu, Fan. 2020. “The dual identity of Asian Americans”. Social Science Quarterly

Lu, Fan. 2020. “Forging ties: the effect of discrimination on Asian Americans’ perceptions of political commonality with Latinos”. Politics, Groups and Identities, 8(3): 595-614. (published online in 2018)

Lu, Fan and Bradford Jones. 2019. “Effects of belief versus experiential discrimination on race-based linked fate”. Politics, Groups and Identities, 7(3):615–624.

Service (2021/22)

  • Colloquium Committee (Chair)
  • Equity Issues Committee