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First Name
Vesla Mae
Last Name
Yale University
criminal justice, incarceration, policing, race, inequality, marginality, black politics, American politics, colorist
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About Me

I joined the faculty at Yale in 2012 and am currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies and the Director of the ISPS Center for the Study of Inequality. I received my PhD in Government and Social Policy from the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality at Harvard University. My research aims to better understand the causes and consequences of racial inequality in the United States, how state policies and institutions shape political life and identity, and broad changes in the racial order. My recent work is concerned with the effects of increasing punishment and surveillance in America on democratic inclusion, particularly for black citizens. I currently serve on the Harvard/NIJ Executive Session on Community Corrections, the Center for Community Change’s Good Jobs for All initiative, the Yale Faculty Senate, the APSA Presidential Taskforce on Racial Inequality in the Americas.

My research has been supported by fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Brookings Institution.

Recent Publications

Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control

Frontlash: Civil Rights, the Carceral State, and the Transformation of American Politics

Creating a New Racial Order
How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America

Is the Significance of Race Declining in the Political Arena? Yes, and No

The Electoral Consequences of Skin Color: The “Hidden” Side of Race in American Politics

Staying out of Sight? Concentrated Policing and Local Political Action

Media Coverage

Slate, New York Times, NPR, Boston Review, American Prospect, PBS, Baltimore Sun, The New Republic, Time, Washington Post, ThinkProgress, BlogTalkRadio, CSPAN II

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