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First Name
Last Name
Lopez Bunyasi
United States
George Mason University
race politics, colorblindness, white privilege, racial conflict, racial attitudes, policy attitudes
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Personal Info

About Me

Dr. Lopez Bunyasi earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Chicago.  She is an Assistant Professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.  Her primary field of research broadly treats the tension between color-blindness and color-consciousness in American political discourse, and is particularly focused upon how White Americans understand their racial group’s status relative to People of Color and the meaning of Whiteness in their everyday lives, as well as the implications of these attitudes for White political preferences and behavior in the 21st Century.  She is also interested in Latino political behavior, and how the growth of the Latino population complicates what non-Hispanic Black and White Americans think about race and inequality.

Recent Publications
  • Lopez Bunyasi, Tehama. 2015.  “Color-cognizance and Color-blindness in White America: Perceptions of Whiteness and Their Potential to Predict Racial Policy Attitudes at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1(2): 209-224.
  • Lopez Bunyasi, Tehama and Leah Wright Rigueur. 2015. “‘Breaking Bad’ in Black and White: What Ideological Deviance Can Tell Us about the Construction of ‘Authentic’ Racial Identities.” Polity 47(2): 175-198.
  • Lopez Bunyasi, Tehama. 2015. “Brown Ballots in the Buckeye State.” In Latinos and the 2012 Election: The New Face of the American Voter (Gabriel R. Sanchez, ed.), Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.
  • Lopez Bunyasi, Tehama. 2014. “Breathing Difference, Sharing Empowerment.” Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review 32(2): 67-80.


Media Coverage
  • Contributor to NBC News Latino. “How Did Democratic Candidates Do? Our Latino Panel Weighs In.” October 14, 2015.
  • Interviewed and quoted by Anushay Hossain for “Charleston Shootings: The Intersection of Race and Gender.” Published on Anushay’s Point (July 6, 2015) and Huffington Post (July 7, 2015).
  • Participant in online screening and discussion for PBS Election Special, Race 2012: A Conversation about Race and Politics in America. November 2012.
  • Contributor to New York Times’ forum Room for Debate. “When Too Many People Are in Prison.” October 19, 2012.
  • Interviewed for PBS Election Special, Race 2012: A Conversation about Race and Politics in America. May 2012 (aired nationally October 16, 2012).
Country Focus
United States

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