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Candis Smith

Laurence and Lynne Brown-McCourtney Early Career Professor in the McCourtney Institute and Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

227 Pond Lab

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8978

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Candis Watts Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D in Political Science at Duke University. Prior to coming to PennState, Smith had posts at Texas A&M University, Williams College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research explores the political and policy ramifications of shifting demographics in U.S. Smith is the author of Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Identity (NYU Press, 2014),  the co-author of Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter (NYU Press, 2019 with Tehama Lopez Bunyasi) and Racial Stasis: The Millennial Generation and the Stagnation of Racial Attitudes in American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2020 with Christopher D. DeSante), and the co-editor of Black Politics in Transition: Immigration, Suburbanization, and Gentrification (Routledge, 2018 with Christina M. Greer).