Paula D. McClain
Political scientist; Public policy scholar; Educator; Academic administrator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Recognized authority on race and racism in America whose work focused on racial minority group politics, particularly inter-minority political and social competition, as well as on urban politics and related issues. Recent work on the effects of Latino immigration into the South was cited in a recent The New York Times article examining relations between blacks and Latinos in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. Since 1995 serves as director of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, an intensive program training minority students from across the country to pursue doctoral degrees and careers in political science. Former Codirector of Duke's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences. Past President of the Midwest Political Science Association. Past president of the Southern Political Science Association, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, and vice president of the American Political Science Association. Current President of the American Political Science Association. Recipient of the Goodnow Award from the American Political Science Association for work fostering young minority scholars in political science.