Steven White

2019-2020 CSDP Fellow
227 Corwin Hall

Steven White is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University. His research interests include race and American political development, particularly how major upheavals like war can reshape racial politics. His first book, World War II and American Racial Politics: Public Opinion, the Presidency, and Civil Rights Advocacy (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press), evaluates the heterogeneous effects of the Second World War on white racial attitudes and the executive branch response to civil rights advocacy, along with raising more general questions about the relationship between war and the incorporation of marginalized groups

Steven received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in 2014. Before arriving at Syracuse, he was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Government and Law at Lafayette College and a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University's Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions.   

While at CSDP, Steven will start a second book project, tentatively titled The Police as a Political Institution in American Politics. This new project examines how an account of the police as political actors—particularly police unions—presents several empirical and normative challenges to our understanding of American democracy. He will also continue working on a joint project with Pavithra Suryanarayan that examines slavery, democratization, and bureaucratic capacity in the southern states after the Civil War. 

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