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 study race and ethnicity in American politics. Within this broad field, I focus on racial attitudes generally and the attitude of racial sympathy - defined as White distress over Black suffering - specifically. Racial sympathy is not equivalent to low prejudice; rather, it is a distinct, but understudied, White racial attitude with important political consequences. Using multiple methods including survey research, experimental studies, participant observation, and long-form interviews, my book project examines the origins and depths of this phenomena as well as the conditions that give rise to its political expression. My forthcoming article in the Journal of Politics summarizes some of this work.