A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Pendleton Hall East Rm. 234
Jennifer ChudyKnafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences; Assistant Professor of Political Science
Studies American politics with an emphasis on race and ethnicity, public opinion, and political psychology
I am generally interested in understanding the influence of racial attitudes on public opinion. Currently, my primary research goal is to introduce the phenomenon of racial sympathy to political science and demonstrate its relevance to American public opinion. To do so, my dissertation combines several methods including survey research, experimental work and participant observation. Through these analyses, I find that racial sympathy is a distinct and powerful racial attitude that shapes public opinion among a surprisingly large share of white Americans.
I am interested in teaching courses related to American politics, race and politics, public opinion, elections, representation, political psychology, research methods, and survey and research design.
I grew up in a multiracial and interfaith household. Prior to graduate school, I worked in politics and have experience at the federal, state, and local levels of American government. I was also a Fulbright Grantee in South Korea. Outside of academics, I enjoy singing, walking, and watching plays and musicals.