Shayla C. Nunnally

Shayla C. Nunnally

Associate Professor

American Politics, Race and Politics, African American Politics

Ph.D. Duke University

Office: OAK 403
Phone: (860) 486-3257

Dr. Nunnally specializes in public opinion and political behavior, race and politics, African American political behavior, and black political development.  Her research interests include political socialization, racial socialization, trust, and intergroup relations and attitudes.  With funding from a University of Connecticut large faculty grant, she is the principal investigator of a national survey on intergroup attitudes.  She is also a research team member with the National Conference of Black Political Scientists for the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (2008 and 2010, Tyson King-Meadows, Principal Investigator) and with the research group for the study of black, white, and Latino political attitudes in the New South (Paula D. McClain, Principal Investigator). Her research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Black Studies, the Du Bois Review, the Journal of African American Studies, and several encyclopedias and edited volumes.  She has a forthcoming book with New York University Press (Fall 2011), Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics. Her current research focuses on the transmission of memory across generations and communities of black Americans and what this transmission means for cultural trauma, group remembrance, group politics, and institution-building. She was awarded the 2009 Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Outstanding Community Service by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.  Additionally, in 2009, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Professionals Member for the Eastern Region of the National Urban League. She was a 2004-2005 Erskine A. Peters Fellow in the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Nunnally teaches courses in race and politics and African American politics, and she has a joint appointment with the Institute for African American Studies.

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