Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Kate Graney


This thesis looks at the ways 1.5, second, and third generation Dominicans in the United States understand their racial identities and how this affects their political ideology and engagement. More specifically, it looks at whether the participants of this study identify with a racial identity or with an ethnic identity, and how this might affect their political ideology and engagement with politics. This study found that there is a relationship between Dominicans’ self-perceptions of race and how others identify them racially, and that there is a relationship between whether participants identify with an ethnic or racial identity and the degree to which they leaned left politically and engaged with politics.