Shayla Nunnally

Professor Shayla C. Nunnally is an Associate Professor, jointly appointed in the Department of Political Science and the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut (UCONN).  She is a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at Duke University, and she completed her dissertation as an Erskine A. Peters Fellow in the African/African American Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame. Her teaching specialties include American politics, African American politics, race and politics, and public opinion and political behavior.  Similarly, her research specialization includes American public opinion, African American public opinion and political behavior, race and politics, political socialization, racial socialization, trust, intergroup relations and attitudes, social capital, collective memory and memory transmission, black American partisanship, and black political development. Professor Nunnally’s research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Black Studies, Du Bois Review, Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs, Journal of African American Studies, and several encyclopedias and edited volumes.  She also has published a book with New York University Press, Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics (2012).  She has appeared on several international, national, and local radio and TV shows to discuss American politics and race and politics. In March 2017, she was installed as the 39th President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), wherein she will serve through March 2019.  Professor Nunnally also currently serves as the Campus Coordinator/Director of the UCONN Collaborative for Equity Through Research on Women and Girls of Color, an institutional commitment with Wake Forest University’s Anna Julia Cooper Center and Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry (Executive Director), with over 52 institutions contributing.  She has received 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 Eastern Region of the National Urban League.

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