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Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay

Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies

Claudine Gay is the Dean of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government, and Professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University.  Her research and teaching interests are in the fields of American political behavior, public opinion, and race and ethnic politics. Before joining the Department of Government in September 2006, Gay was an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University from 2000 to 2005, and an associate professor from 2005 to 2006. From 1999 to 2000, Gay was a Visiting Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California where she conducted research and published a monograph that examined voter participation in minority-dominated congressional districts. Gay earned her PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University in 1998 and was awarded the department's Toppan Prize for the best dissertation in political science. Gay's research has considered the effects of descriptive representation on citizens' orientations toward their government, the role of neighborhoods in shaping the racial and political attitudes of Black Americans, the roots of competition and cooperation between minority groups, and the effects of concentrated poverty on political engagement. Her work has been published in Political Psychology, Political Behavior,  Urban Affairs Review, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics .

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