Spatial dimensions of Arab American voter mobilization after September 11

James G. Gimpel, Wendy K Tam Cho, Tony Wu

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We examine the sources of variability in Arab American voter registration in the months following September 11, 2001. Several comparisons suggest that the policy aftermath of 9/11 has acted as an accelerant to Arab American political incorporation. Specifically, we evaluate raised incidences of Arab American voter registration across locations relative to two populations: the Arab American population that registered to vote prior to 9/11, and the non-Arab American population that registered after 9/11. New Arab American voters, while dispersed, are not randomly distributed across space. The period between September 11, 2001, and the 2004 presidential election witnessed considerable change in the geographic distribution of the Arab American electorate, as well as its partisan and demographic composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-351
Number of pages22
JournalPolitical Geography
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Arab Americans
  • Mobilization
  • Political participation
  • Ripley's K Function
  • September 11
  • USA Patriot Act

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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