Chaya Crowder

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Chaya Crowder is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University where she is also receiving a certificate in African-American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Chaya’s research interests include political behavior, race and ethnicity politics as well as gender and American politics. She uses an intersectional approach in her research to explore the ways that attention to race, gender and sexuality have differential effects on political behavior.

Her dissertation, entitled “Intersectional Solidarity and Public Opinion: The Impact of a Political Consciousness of Race, Gender and Sexuality on Political Behavior” explores how consciousness of the intersection of racial discrimination and gender discrimination impacts evaluations of marginalized groups. Chaya develops a theory and measurement of what she calls “intersectional solidarity,” which is defined as awareness and distress over multiple subgroups’ oppression.

Chaya is a 2018-2019 McGraw Teaching Fellow at Princeton University. She is the 2018 recipient of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ Bayard Rustin Best LGBTQ Student Paper Award. Chaya is also a 2016 recipient of the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and a 2015-2016 APSA Minority Fellow. Chaya has served as an Assistant Instructor for undergraduate courses in American Politics and African-American Studies.

Prior to arriving at Princeton, Chaya graduated with a BA and an MA in Political Science from Columbia University where she was a John Kluge Scholar.