Ronald J. Schmidt

California State University at Long Beach
Political Science

13310 Pierre Reverdy Dr
Davidson, NC

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I am currently working on a critical analysis of ways in which Mexican immigrants are racialized in the United States.

Schmidt, Ronald, Sr. “Democratic Theory and the Challenge of Linguistic Diversity,” Language Policy 13;4 (November 2014), pp. 395-411.
Abstract: This essay explores the relationship between democratic political theory and the reality of linguistic diversity in contemporary political communities. After suggesting a distinction between ‘‘liberal’’ and ‘‘participatory’’ democratic theories, and asserting that there have been fruitful explorations of linguistic diversity in relation to the former, the essay claims that there has been a virtual absence of critical examination of the implications of linguistic diversity for participatory democracy. The essay explores the implications of ‘‘ontological multilingualism’’ for three purported advantages of participatory democracy: the legitimation advantage, the common good advantage, and the human flourishing advantage. After examining challenges to the accommodation of linguistic diversity by participatory democracies, the essay concludes with suggestive comments on how these challenges might best be approached.
Schmidt, Ronald, Sr. "Value-Critical Policy Analysis: the Case of Language Policy in the United States,” in Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, eds., Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn, Second Edition. (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2014), pp. 322-337.
Abstract: This essay provides an overview and brief explanation of "value-critical policy analysis," using the case of language policy conflict in the United States as an specific example.
English Hegemony and the Politics of Ethno-Linguistic Justice in the US,” in M. Rafael Salaberry, ed., Language Allegiances and Bilingualism in the US. (Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2009), pp. 132-150.
Abstract: A critical analysis interpreting reasons for continuing English language hegemony in multi-lingual USA.
Schmidt, Ronald Sr. 2007. "Comparing Federal Government Immigrant Settlement Policies in Canada and the United States." American Review of Canadian Studies 37 (1): 103-122.
Abstract: An overview comparison of Federal government efforts in the U.S. and Canada to help immigrants become more integrated into their respective societies. URL:
Schmidt, Ronald J., Sr. 2000. Language Policy and Identity Politics in the United States. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Abstract: This book critically examines the U.S. debate over language policy -- e.g., bilingual education, ballots and voting materials in languages other than English, making English the sole official language of the U.S. -- assessing the claims and value positions taken by partisans in the debate.
Schmidt, Ronald, Sr., Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Andrew Aoki, and Rodney Hero. 2010. Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders: Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early 21st Century. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Abstract: This book examines the impact of four decades of immigration from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa on the efforts of U.S. ethno-racial minorities to achieve full democratic incorporation into U.S. society and politics.

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