Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay

Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies
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My research interests are in the fields of American political behavior, public opinion, minority politics, and urban and local politics. My research has considered, among other issues, how the election of minority officeholders affects citizens' perceptions of their government and their interest in politics and public affairs; how neighborhood environments shape racial and political attitudes among Black Americans; the roots of competition and cooperation between minority groups, with a particular focus on relations between Black Americans and Latinos; processes of immigrant political incorporation; and the consequences of housing mobility programs for political participation among the poor, drawing on evidence from the Moving To Opportunity demonstration program. I bring many of these interests to my undergraduate and graduate advising and teaching, including my courses on Post-Civil Rights Black Politics; Democratic Citizenship; and Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration (co-taught with Jennifer Hochschild). 

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1737 Cambridge Street, CGIS Knafel Building 431, Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-5470

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