Workshop on Racial Attitudes in a Time of Growing Partisan Polarization

Wed, May 5, 2021, 9:00 am to 1:45 pm
virtual - Zoom link sent to those invited who rsvp
By invitation only
Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)


Organized by Emily West, 2020-2021 CSDP Fellow and Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh and Tali Mendelberg, John Work Garrett Professor of Politics, Princeton University

This workshop is thematically centered around the intersection of two core topics in American Behavior: racial attitudes and partisan identity / polarization. It is organized to bring together scholars who are working on one or both of these core ideas, with an aim to develop knowledge around their intersection.  

The workshop has two primary goals. First, given its small size, the workshop provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion of individual projects and thus an excellent opportunity for feedback. Second, given that it thematically focuses on two topics that recently seem to be colliding both in the academic literature as well as in the more general political atmosphere, the workshop provides an opportunity for synergies and new ideas to grow around an important emerging research agenda. 

Wednesday, May 5


Yphtach Lelkes, Associate Professor of Communication and Political Science (Secondary), University of Pennsylvania: Title TBA


Emily West, 2020-2021 fellow, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Princeton University and Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of PittsburghHow Does Partisan Identity Shape White Racial Attitudes and Civic Discourse Surrounding Race?

11:30am-12:30pm Break for working lunch


Sean Westwood, Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth CollegeRacial and Partisan Affect in the United States

Thursday, May 6


LaFleur Stephens-Dougan, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton UniversityThe Partisan Response to Racial Disparities in Covid-19


Andrew Engelhardt, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at GreensboroLimits to Agenda Setting? The Case of Public Concern with Race


Discussion of Emerging Questions / Closing Remarks