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AMERICAN POLITICS

I am interested in the racial dynamics of public problems in American cities, with a specific focus on political accountability.  I think about these issues in terms of what others have called "failure events," which I use to understand expectancy violations between black voters and their government.

I am currently preparing a book manuscript examining the racial differences that emerge in response to corruption scandals in local government. I draw on historical and contemporary cases of alleged wrongdoing (e.g., Marion Barry's 1990 drug arrest), and take a multi-methods approach to examine how race influences political judgments.

 

Specialties: Political Psychology, REP, Urban Politics

 

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