Fan Lu

Fan Lu

Assistant Professor


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

Political Studies

Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics

Assistant Professor

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, C429

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Research Interests

American Politics, Racial Politics, Immigration, Quantitative Methods

Fan Lu would be interested in supervising graduate students in the areas of racial politics and American politics. 

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.


For detailed information about political studies courses and instructors, please refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate pages. 

Service (2024/2025)

  • Departmental Committee 
  • Equity Issues Committee
  • POLS University Research Ethics Board (UREB) Committee

Peer-reviewed articles

Kato, Gento and Fan Lu. 2023. “The relationship between university education and pro-immigrant attitudes varies by generation: insights from Japan”, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Volume 35, Issue 4.

Lu, Fan. 2020. “The dual identity of Asian Americans”. Social Science Quarterly, 101(5): 1869-1884.

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. 

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.