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University of Florida
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African American Politics, Southern Politics, Voting and Elections, Urban Politics with a focus on Mayor’s Elections, Caribbean American Politics.

Recent Publications



Sharon D. Wright Austin.  The Transformation of Plantation Politics in the Mississippi Delta: Black Politics, Concentrated Poverty, and Social Capital in the Mississippi Delta (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2006), 280 pages.


Sharon D. Wright.  Race, Power, and Political Emergence in Memphis (New York: Routledge Press, 2000), 218 pages.


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The Caribbeanization of Black Politics:  Group Consciousness and Political Participation in America, (State University of Albany Press), 450 pages.


Refereed Journal Articles-Published:


Sharon D. Wright Austin, Sekou M. Franklin, and Angela K. Lewis.  “The Effects of Concentrated Poverty on Black and White Political Participation in the Southern Black Belt.”  National Political Science Review 15 (2013): 57-69.


Sharon D. Wright Austin, Richard T. Middleton IV, and Rachel Yon.  The Effect of Racial Group Consciousness on the Political Participation of African Americans and Black Pan-Ethnics in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  Political Research Quarterly  65, 3 (September 2012): 629-641.


Baodong Liu, Sharon D. Wright Austin, and Byron D’Andra Orey.  Church Attendance, Social Capital, and Black Voting Participation.  Social Science Quarterly  90, 3 (September 2009): 576-592.


Sharon D. Wright Austin and Richard T. Middleton IV.  The Limitations of the Deracialization Concept in the 2001 Los Angeles Mayoral Election.  Political Research Quarterly 57, 2 (June 2004): 283-293.

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