May 22, 2017
3:00pm to 4:30pm

4357 Bunche Hall 



Since 2000, the U.S. multiple-race population has skyrocketed by 106%—more than 17 times the rate of growth of the single-race population. Individuals of mixed-race comprise the fastest-growing youth group in the nation, and an estimated 20 percent of Americans will identify with multiple racial groups by 2050. In this talk, I examine the broader social and political implications of the increasingly racially mixed American landscape. Drawing upon the U.S. census, surveys of biracial college students, and in-depth interviews, I address the following questions: How do mixed-race Americans see themselves, socially, culturally, and politically? What factors determine how someone of mixed-race parentage decides to racially self-identify? What are the repercussions of these identities for the broader American political structure? How do people of mixed-race approach racial policies, such as affirmative action, and social policies, such as same-sex marriage? What do the increasing number of multiracial identifiers mean for the allocation of resources and benefits intended for minority populations?