Ann Chih Lin

University of Michigan

Research Initiative:

Ann Chih Lin, assistant professor of political science and public policy at the University of Michigan, will study how first-generation immigrants to the United States become involved in politics and the barriers that hinder their participation, including economic insecurity, language difficulties, and a lack of familiarity or identification with the political culture of their adopted country. She will concentrate her work on Arab immigrants living in multiethnic Detroit neighborhoods. Lin will investigate who participates and why. She will study how immigrants translate political experiences and beliefs from their country of origin to the United States, and how they experience and use institutions such as state bureaucracies, churches and mosques, ethnic groups, labor unions and business associations.


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