Benjamin Newman

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Associate Professor of Public Policy & Political Science
4153 Interdisciplinary South
(951) 827-2302

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Benjamin J. Newman is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of California, Riverside.  Additionally, Dr. Newman is currently a faculty affiliate at the Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies.  His research focuses on class and income inequality, race and ethnic politics, and urban politics and policy.

In the area of class and inequality, his research explores the effects of local income inequality on citizens’ political attitudes, policy preferences, and voting behavior.  His work in this area also explores the effects of growing economic inequality on public support for labor unions and labor politics more generally. In the area of race and ethnic politics, his research focuses on the political consequences of demographic change, and explores this theme within the topical areas of immigration policy and public opinion on immigration, as well as gentrification and its impact on majority-minority communities.  Dr. Newman is also interested in the racial politics of policing in the U.S., and race- and class-based inequality in the criminal justice system.  Last, Dr. Newman is interested in quantitative research methods, including survey research and experimental methods.

Dr. Newman’s work has been published in a wide range of journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsBritish Journal of Political SciencePublic Opinion QuarterlyResearch & Politics, American Politics ResearchPolitical Behavior, Political PsychologyPolitical Research Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Selected Publications: Class and Inequality

  • Newman, Benjamin J., and Thomas J. Hayes. “Durable Democracy? Economic Inequality and Democratic Accountability in the New Gilded Age. ”  Political Behavior  (Forthcoming).
  • Kane, John V., and Benjamin J. Newman. “Organized Labor as the New Undeserving Rich? Mass Media, Class-Based Anti-Union Rhetoric, and Public Support for Organized Labor in the U.S. ” British Journal of Political Science  (Forthcoming).
  • Newman, Benjamin J. “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Local Gender-Based Earnings Inequality and Women’s Belief in the American Dream.”  American Journal of Political Science 60(4): 1006-1025.
  • Johnston, Christopher D., and Benjamin J. Newman. 2016. “Economic Inequality and U.S. Public Policy Mood across Time and Space.”  American Politics Research 44(1): 164-191.
  • Newman, Benjamin J., Christopher D. Johnston., and Patrick L. Lown. 2015. “False Consciousness or Class Awareness? Local Income Inequality, Personal Economic Position, and Belief in American Meritocracy.” American Journal of Political Science  59(2):326-340.
  • Newman, Benjamin J.  2014. “My Poor Friend: Financial Distress in One’s Social Network, the Perceived Power of the Rich, and Support for Redistribution.”  Journal of Politics 76(1): 126-138.

Selected Publications: Race and Ethnic Politics

  • Newman, Benjamin J., Sono Shah, and Loren Collingwood. “Race, Place, and Building a Base: Latino Population Growth and Nascent Trump Campaign for President.” Public Opinion Quarterly  (Forthcoming).
  • Malhotra, Neil, and Benjamin J. Newman. “Explaining Immigration Preferences: Disentangling Skill from Prevalence.”  Research and Politics  (Forthcoming).
  • Newman, Benjamin J., Todd K. Hartman, Patrick Lown, and Stanley Feldman. 2015.  “Easing the Heavy Hand: Humanitarian Concern, Empathy, and Opinion on Immigration.” British Journal of Political Science 45(3): 583-607.
  • Johnston, Christopher D., Benjamin J. Newman, and Yamil Velez. 2015. “Ethnic Change, Personality, and Polarization over Immigration in the American Public.”  Public Opinion Quarterly 79(3): 662-686.
  • Hartman, Todd K., Benjamin J. Newman, and Charles S. Bell. 2014. “Decoding Prejudice toward Hispanics: Group Cues and Public Reactions to Threatening Immigrant Behavior.” Political Behavior  36(1): 143-163.
  • Newman, Benjamin J.  2013. “Acculturating Contexts and Anglo Opposition to Immigration in the U.S.” American Journal of Political Science 57(2): 374-390.
  • Newman, Benjamin J., Christopher D. Johnston, April Strickland, and Jack Citrin.  2012. “Immigration Crackdown in the American Workplace: Explaining Variation in E-Verify Policy Adoption across the U.S. States.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly  12(2): 160-180.

Selected Publications: Other Public Opinion and Political Behavior

  • Newman, Benjamin J., and Todd K. Hartman. “Mass Shootings and Public Support for Gun Control.” British Journal of Political Science  (Forthcoming).
  • Newman, Benjamin J., Yamil R. Velez, Todd K. Hartman, and Alexa Bankert. 2015. “Are Citizens ‘Receiving the Treatment’? Assessing a Key Link in Contextual Theories of Public Opinion and Political Behavior.” Political Psychology  36(1): 123-131.
  • Newman, Benjamin J., and John V. Kane. 2014. “Backlash Against the ‘Big-Box’: Local Small Business and Public Opinion toward Business Corporations.”  Public Opinion Quarterly  78(4): 984-1002.
  • Newman, Benjamin J., and Brandon B. Bartels. 2011. “Politics at the Checkout Line: Explaining Political Consumerism in the U.S.”  Political Research Quarterly  64(4): 803-817.