Book Cover (Governing with Words)

2016. Governing with Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy, and Inequality in America. Cambridge University Press.(Buy Book: [Cambridge] or [Amazon])
–Findings referenced in the New York TimesWashington PostChicago TribuneBoston Globe, The Huffington Post, SlateWashington Monthly, and The Atlantic
Important questions Governing with Words addresses:
Do politicians lose policy support when they explicitly discuss racial issues in government?


No. On the contrary, those congressional members who discuss race actually have a larger policy network and receive greater cosponsorship on minority bills.

Do politicians' discussions of race have tangible benefits for American communities?

Minority Magazines

Yes. One race-related statement on health issues by the president of the United States increases the overlap between the remarks the president makes and what minority magazines write by 52 words.

Are politicians speaking less about racial and ethnic minority issues in government?


Yes. As the American public has aspired to move towards a "post-racial" society, fewer federal politicians have discussed racial and ethnic minority concerns and disparities that continue to persist. President Obama, for example, spoke less about race than President Bush in his first term in office, and President Bush spoke less than President Clinton.


2013. The Political Power of Protest: Minority Activism and Shifts in Public Policy. Cambridge University Press. (Buy Book: [Cambridge]or [Amazon])
**Winner of the 2014 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA)
–Discussed in The Washington Post
–Reviewed by Perspective on Politics, Journal of Politics, Law and Politics ReviewChoice, and Journal of American History
–Subject of Author Meets Critics (Midwest Political Science Association Conference 2015 and National Conference of Black Political Scientists 2014)

Articles Under Review: 

“Education, Party Polarization and the Origins of the Partisan Gender Gap” with Jonathan Ladd and Marc Meredith.

Working Papers: 

“Income Inequality and Government’s Attention to Racial and Ethnic Minority Policies”

“The Push and Pull of African Americans Support for the Democratic Party” with Jonathan Ladd and Marc Meredith

Books in Progress: 

The Ballot and the Banner: Minority Protest, Political Elections, and the Voices that Shape our Democracy

Policies that Matter: The Impact of Public Policies on Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities

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