New Political Science Faculty to start Fall 2019

Candis Smith, Ph.D. has been hired to start this upcoming Fall

We want to welcome Dr. Candis Watts Smith. She has been hired as associate professor of political science and african american studies. She will be starting in the Fall 2019 semester. Dr. Smith is coming to us from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as assistant professor of public policy, having affiliations with the departments of political science and african & african american diaspora studies.

Dr. Smith earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Political Science at Duke University. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on American Politics, with an emphasis on racial and ethnic politics as well as political behavior. She is the author of Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity (NYU Press, 2014) and Stay Woke: How to Make All Black Lives Matter (NYU Press, Forthcoming), and is the co-editor of Black Politics in Transition: Immigration, Suburbanization, and Gentrification (Routledge, 2018). She is working on a book length project currently entitled Racial Stasis: The Millennial Generation and the Stagnation of Racial Attitudes in American Politics.  Her research has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, National Political Science Review, Politics Groups and Identities, and the Journal of Black Studies. Her measure of racial resentment has been adopted by the Cooperative Congressional Campaign Survey (CCES). She received the 2013 Best Dissertation Award from the APSA section on Race, Ethnic, and Politics, and she was awarded the 2018 MPSA Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar Award as well as the 2018 Meier award for Best Paper in Bureaucratic Politics, Public Administration, or Public Policy from APSA.