Lorrie Frasure

Lorrie Frasure

Lorrie Frasure

Professor & Ralph J. Bunche Endowed Chair

Phone: (310) 825-4331

Email: lfrasure@polisci.ucla.edu

Office: 4289 Bunche Hall

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Dr. Lorrie Frasure is the inaugural Ralph J. Bunche Endowed Chair at the University of California-Los Angeles. She is a Professor of Political Science and African American Studies. From 2019-2022 she served as Vice Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. She also served as the Acting Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA from 2019-2020.

Her research interests include racial/ethnic political behavior, African American politics, women and politics, immigrant political incorporation, and state and local politics. In 2015, she became the first African American female and the first woman of color to earn tenure and promotion in the Political Science Department at UCLA. Her book, Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs (Cambridge University Press) is the 2016 winner of two national book awards by the American Political Science Association (APSA), including the Best Book about Race Relations in the United States from the Race, Ethnicity and Politics (REP) Section, and the Dennis Judd Best Book Award in Urban and Local Politics. She examines international and domestic migration to American suburbs and the responsiveness of state and local institutions to the political and policy concerns of immigrant and ethnic minority groups.

Since 2008, she has served as co-Principal Investigator of the Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) the first multiracial/ethnic, multilingual post-election study of political preferences and behavior among registered voters in a presidential election. In 2016, the CMPS brought together a consortium of over 80 scholars, across 55 universities/colleges to create the first national, cooperative, 100% user content-driven, post-election survey of adult voters or non-voters in a presidential election. With over 350 electoral, civic and policy-related survey questions, the CMPS queried more than 10,000 people in five languages — English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. The most recent 2020 CMPS brought together over 200 scholars from nearly 100 universities/colleges to develop the survey, which contains over 800 unique questions. The 2020 CMPS was offered in English, Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and Haitian Creole. The survey dataset includes nearly 15,000 Black, White, Latino and Asian respondents as well as oversamples of nearly 5,000 respondents from hard-to-reach populations including, Afro-Latinos, Black immigrants, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Muslims and people who identify as LGBTQ. The 2020 CMPS also includes a sample of 16- and 17-year old youth. Through its inclusive model of resource-sharing, workshops, research and publication opportunities, the CMPS has changed the way data is collected and shared between an interdisciplinary group of researchers, and collaboratively builds a diverse and dynamic academic pipeline of scholars in the social sciences and related fields.

Professor Frasure’s research projects and initiatives have received grant support from numerous funders, including over $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as a multi-year research grant from the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Centennial Center. She is the recipient of several local and national awards including the Ford Foundation Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards from the National Research Council of the National Academies, and the Clarence Stone Young Scholars Award of the American Political Science Association’s Urban Politics Section.

In 2018, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for Senate Faculty, with a special “Distinction in Teaching at the Graduate Level.” Preceded by only 8 awardees, she is the first woman and the first person of color in the history of the Political Science Department to have earned UCLA’s highest campus-wide teaching recognition (since developed in 1961).

Professor Frasure was featured in the PBS Newshour “Rethinking College” segment highlighting her teaching and mentorship with First Generation College Students at UCLA. Frasure was also featured in the UCLA First-Generation Faculty Initiative, to encourage and inspire first-generation college students. She was awarded the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy–Rising Star Alumni Award, for “extraordinary work addressing racial and ethnic politics in America.”

She received her Ph.D. and MA in Political Science from the University of Maryland-College Park, a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the faculty of UCLA, she was a Postdoctoral Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University.

She is a proud first-generation college graduate, born and raised on the Southside of Chicago.

Research & Teaching Interests

Racial and Ethnic Politics, American Government and Politics, Urban Political Economy:

  • Racial/Ethnic Minority Public Opinion & Political Participation
  • African American Politics
  • Women and Politics
  • Immigrant Political Incorporation
  • State and Local Politics
  • Public Policy

Mixed-Methods Research:

Survey research:

  • Survey Instrumentation & Development
  • Telephone & Online Modes
  • Data Analysis

Qualitative research:

  • In-depth Interviews
  • Native-language Focus Group Discussions & Participant Observations (field-work in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, CA)


  • University of Maryland-College Park, Department of Government and Politics Ph.D. in Government and Politics, December 2005
  • University of Maryland-College Park, Department of Government and Politics M.A. in Government and Politics, 2003
  • University of Chicago, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies M.P.P, 2001
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Political Science B.A. in Political Science, High Distinction, 1999



  • 2015 (hardcover), 2016 (paperback). Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    • Winner of two national book awards: Best Book about Race Relations in the United States by the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (REP) Section and the Dennis Judd Best Book Award by the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Books Chapters (Hyperlinks)

  • Forthcoming 2022. “Mayor London Breed and the Limits of Governing while Black and Female in San Francisco” with Chelsea Jones and Crystal Robertson, in Historic Firsts in US Elections: Trailblazing Candidates in Gubernatorial, Congressional, and Mayoral Campaigns. Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Politics and Policy Series. Evelyn Simien (ed.) Routledge Press.
  • 2021 “The Role of Political Participation on Black Women’s Decision to Run for Elected Office” with Jamil Scott, Nadia Brown and Dianne M. Pinderhughes. National Review of Black Politics, 2 (1): 22–52.
  • 2021. “The Obama Era and Black Attitudes towards Undocumented Immigration Policies” with Stacey Greene. In After Obama: African American Politics in a Post-Obama Era. Todd Shaw, Robert Brown and Joseph A. McCormick, II. (eds). NYU Press.
  • 2020. “Not in ‘Mixed-Company’?: Dialogues about Women and the Race Gap in American Politics.” In The Hillary Effect: Perspectives on Clinton’s Legacy, Ivy Cargile, Denise Davis, Jennifer Merolla, and Rachel VanSickle-Ward (eds). Bloomsbury Press.
  • 2019. “The Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS): Building the Academic Pipeline through Data Access, Publication and Networking Opportunities” with Janelle Wong, Edward Vargas and Matt A. Barreto. PS: Political Science & Politics.
  • 2019. “Geographic Identity and Attitudes toward Undocumented Immigrants,” with Bryan WilcoxArchuleta. Political Research Quarterly (PRQ).
  • 2019. “Introduction to Dialogues: Linked fate and the politics of groups and identities,” guest editor with Natalie Masuoka and Matt Barreto for Dialogues Symposium in Politics, Groups and Identities (PGI). Symposium features 7 short peer reviewed articles on the 25th anniversary of Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African American Politics (1994).
  • 2018. “Choosing the Velvet Glove: Women Voters, Ambivalent Sexism, and Vote Choice in 2016.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP).
  • 2018. “Best practices in collecting online data with Asian, Black, Latino, and White respondents: evidence from the 2016 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey.” with Matt A. Barreto, Edward D. Vargas and Janelle Wong. Politics, Groups and Identities (PGI).
  • 2013. “Black Views toward Proposed Undocumented Immigration Policies: The Role of Racial Stereotypes and Economic Competition.” with Stacey Greene. In Black and Brown in Los Angeles: Beyond Conflict and Coalition. Josh Kun and Laura Pulido (eds.) University of California Press. Berkeley, CA: p.90-111
  • 2012. “Holding the Borderline: School District Responsiveness to Demographic Change in Orange County, California” In The Resegregation of Suburban Schools. Erica Frankenberg and Gary Orfield (eds.) Harvard Education Press. p.69-90.
  • 2010. “The Logic of Institutional Interdependency: The Case of Day Laborer Policy in Suburbia.” with Michael Jones-Correa. Urban Affairs Review 45: 451-482.
  • 2010. “The Burden of Jekyll and Hyde: Barack Obama, Racial Identity and Black Political Behavior.” In Whose Black Politics: Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership. Andra Gillespie (ed.) Routledge Press p.133- 154.
  • 2009. “Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Political Participation and Civic Engagement,” with Linda Faye Williams. In Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice. Bonnie Thornton Dill and Ruth E. Zambrana, (eds.), NJ: Rutgers University Press. p. 316-356.
  • 2007. “Beyond the Myth of the White Middle-Class: Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Settlement in Suburban America.” in the National Political Science Review. p. 65-86.
  • 2007. “Still at the Margins: The Persistence of Neglect of African American Issues in Political Science” with Ernest J. Wilson III. In African American Perspectives on Political Science, Wilbur Rich, (ed.) Philadelphia: Temple University Press. p. 7-23.

Survey Datasets

  • 2021. Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS 2020). Lead co-Principal Investigator with Matt Barreto, Edward D. Vargas and Janelle Wong. A consortium of over 230 scholars, across 100 universities/colleges joined to develop an online, national, cooperative, 100% user content driven, multiracial, multilingual, post-election survey of U.S. adults and 16-17 year old youth. (N=19,656) https://cmpsurvey.org/2020-survey/
  • 2017. Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS 2016). Co-Principal Investigator with Matt Barreto, Edward D. Vargas and Janelle Wong. A consortium of over 80 scholars, across 55 universities/colleges joined to develop the first online, national, cooperative, 100% user content driven, multiracial, multilingual, post-election survey of post-election survey of U.S. adults. N=10,145. https://cmpsurvey.org/2016-survey/ Download: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-06-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR38040.v1
  • 2013. Collaborative Multi-racial Post-election Survey (CMPS), 2012. Co-Principal Investigator with Gabe Sanchez, Ali Valenzuela and Ange-Marie Hancock. A national, multiracial and multilingual survey of post-election survey of U.S. adults. N=2,616. https://cmpsurvey.org/2012-survey/ Download: Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-11-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37132.v2.
  • 2009. Collaborative Multiracial Post-election Survey (CMPS 2008). Co-Principal Investigator with Matt Barreto, Sylvia Manzano, Karthick Ramakrishnan, Ricardo Ramirez, Gabe Sanchez, and Janelle Wong. The first multiracial and multilingual survey of registered voters across multiple states and regions in a presidential election, N=4,563. https://cmpsurvey.org/2008-survey/ Download: Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-08-21. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35163.v1