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Emory University
2016 Election; African American Politics; Minority Politics; Political Participation; Deracialization; Campaigns and Elections; Political Leadership
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About Me

I teach classes on race and politics in the United States, as well as introductory American politics and qualitative methodology. I have also taught classes on political participation and field experiments.
My research focuses on the political leadership of the post-civil rights generation of African American elected officials. I wrote The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America (NYU Press, 2012).  I also edited (and contributed 3 chapters to) Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership (Routledge, 2010). I am currently at work on a project about the representation of African American interests in the Obama Administration and am co-authoring a second project about African American Republican party identification.  Future projects include a book on race and the politics of first ladies and research on evangelical politics in the 2016 US presidential election.

In addition to my research, I also serve as Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference.  In my capacity as director, I oversee a post-doctoral fellowship program which brings visiting professors of all ranks to study and teach for a year at Emory.  We also run a weekly colloquium and host four special programs a year on issues related to race and difference. You can learn more about the institute at

Recent Publications

In Progress

Symbols, Substance and Hope: Race and the Obama Administration. In revisions with Manchester University Press.

The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America. (New York: NYU Press). 2012.

Edited Volumes
Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership. New York: Routledge Press. 2010.

Book Chapters
“Race, Perceptions of Femininity, and the Power of the First Lady.” In Distinct Identities: Minority Women in US Politics (Routledge Series on Identity Politics). Nadia Brown and Sarah Gershon (Eds.). New York: Routledge. April 2016. 234-251.

Op-Ed Pieces
“Bernie Sanders May Have Just Kissed His Nomination Goodbye” 2 March 2016.

“America, Get Ready for a Trump Nomination.” 2 March 2016.

“Ben Carson and Black Politics in the GOP.” (NYU Press Blog). 3 March 2016.

“What’s So Surprising About Iowa?” February 2, 2016.

“Why Sanders’ Millennial Appeal Won’t Promise Him the Black Vote.” 22 February 2016.

“Smaller Field Served the Candidates Well.” 11 November 2015.

“Sanders and the Politics of Frustration.” 14 October 2015.

“Don’t Confuse Forgiveness in Charleston for Forgiveness for Racism.” 21 September 2015.


Media Coverage

I have provided regular commentary for local, national and international news outlets since the 2008 election cycle.  Overall, I estimate that I have done at least 1000 print, television/webcast or radio interviews.

I have appeared on Atlanta’s local ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, Telemundo and PBS affiliates, as well as CNN, NPR, MSNBC, PBS, Fox News, Bloomberg, BBC World and Al-Jazeera America, among others.

I have also written more than two dozen opinion pieces.  I list my most recent op-eds in the previous section, but I have also published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post,,, and Politico.

In the fall/winter 2015, I was one of the experts in USA Today‘s Power Rankings poll, which rated the prospects of the Republican presidential candidates.

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United States

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