Shayla Nunnally

Professor Shayla C. Nunnally is a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Duke University, and completed writing her dissertation as an Erskine A. Peters Dissertation Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to being a member of the faculty with the Department of Political Science, she has a joint appointment with the Institute for African American Studies. Her teaching specialties include African American politics and race and politics. Similarly, her research specialization includes African American public opinion and political behavior and race and politics. Her research focuses on black Americans’ trust in social and political contexts, their intraracial and interracial attitudes, their racial and political socializations, and their political development. She is currently completing a book manuscript on black Americans’ trust, In Whom Do We Trust?: Black Americans, (Dis) Trust, and the Vestiges of Race, which analyzes trust, broadly defined. Her research publications have appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Black Studies, and the Du Bois Review. She has several articles that appear in the International Encyclopedia for the Social Sciences and the Encyclopedia for Gender and Society. She also has several book chapters that appear in edited volumes on politics and history related to the study of African Americans and Latinos. She was the recipient of several national and local awards; some of them include the 2009 National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Outstanding Community Service and the 2009 Young Professional Member of the Year Award for the Northeastern Region of the National Urban League

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