Public Policy Professor Named to State Commission

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Karthick Ramakrishnan begins term on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs board

By on August 5, 2014

Public policy professor Karthick Ramakrishnan has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UC Riverside political scientist Karthick Ramakrishnan has been appointed to a four-year term on the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs, effective Aug. 4.

Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy and political science, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) to the 13-member commission. The board works to elevate the political, economic, and social issues of Asians and Pacific Islanders by contributing to and strengthening how state government addresses the needs, issues, and concerns of the diverse and complex Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing groups in California, and I am thrilled to join the commission to be able to offer my research expertise and advice on how to address the diverse needs of this population,” Ramakrishnan said.

He also noted that one-third of the Asian American population in the United States lives in California, so what happens to the population here has very significant national ramifications for the group.

Ramakrishnan directs the Immigration Research Group at UC Riverside, which is relevant to understanding the Asian American population.

“Asian Americans are, by far, the most heavily immigrant racial group in the United States,” he noted, adding that issues like language access, naturalization, and barriers to voter registration remain key factors that are important to increasing civic engagement among this group.

Ramakrishnan is a former research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. His research includes civic participation, immigration policy, and Latino and Asian American politics. He holds memberships in the Association of Asian American Studies and the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multicampus Research Program. Ramakrishnan also directs the National Asian American Survey and, a Web resource that seeks to make data and reports more accessible to journalists and policy makers.

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