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Russell Sage Call for Articles: Asians in America Beyond Education

  • 1.  Russell Sage Call for Articles: Asians in America Beyond Education

    Posted 10-24-2023 07:04

    Posted on behalf of Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, Russell Sage Foundation

    Pronouns: she/her/hers



    RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

    Asians in America Beyond Education: Career Choices, Trajectories, and Mobility Strategies

    Jennifer Lee
    Columbia University

    Kimberly Goyette
    Temple University

    Jackson G. Lu
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Xi Song
    University of Pennsylvania

    Yu Xie
    Princeton University

    The Supreme Court struck down race-based affirmative action in university admissions in early 2023, in large part due to allegations that Harvard University had engaged in racial discrimination against Asian Americans. Amidst mixed evidence of bias against Asian applicants in Harvard's admissions process, SCOTUS ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. Asian Americans are not underrepresented in university classrooms, however, including at Harvard. They account for 7.2 percent of the U.S. population, yet 29.9 percent of Harvard's incoming class. Charges of bias against Asians have focused mainly on university admissions, with scant attention to its more widespread and insidious forms, including in the workplace where they would benefit from affirmative action.

    Research on Asians in America has focused disproportionately on their exceptional educational achievement. In spite of social scientists' explanations of these patterns, the narrow focus on education has had the unintended consequence of reifying the perception that Asians are the advantaged minority-or the so-called "model minority. While Asians outpace all groups in education, they lose their advantage in the workplace. That Asians do not maintain their advantage in the labor market makes this domain worthy of inquiry. Hence, we go beyond education and invite research proposals that address questions about the labor market choices, trajectories, mobility strategies, cultural orientations, and family-related behavior of Asians in America.

    In the call for articles, we invite papers that address questions about the labor market choices, career trajectories, and mobility strategies of Asians in America. We welcome evidence-based proposals from all social science disciplines and all methodological approaches.

    Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

    Anticipated Timeline

    Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on December 11, 2023, to:


    NOTE that if you wish to submit an abstract and do not yet have an account with us, it can take up to 48 hours to get credentials, so please start your application at least two days before the deadline. All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to https://rsf.fluxx.io will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. All questions regarding this issue should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at journal@rsage.orgDo not email the editors of the issue.

    A conference will take place at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City on June 7, 2024. The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present draft papers (due a month prior to the conference on 5/3/24 ) and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors. Travel costs, food, and lodging for one author per paper will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the conference, the authors will submit their revised drafts by 10/2/24. The papers will then be sent out to three additional scholars for formal peer review. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers by 1/8/25. The full and final issue will be published in the fall of 2025. Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

    Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

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