Spotlight on Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes, incoming chair of Africana Studies

Author: Maria McKenna

Dianne Pinderhughes

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes was recently named the incoming chair of the Department of Africana Studies.  In addition to her role in the departments of Africana Studies and Political Science, Professor Pinderhughes is the past president of the American

Political Science Association and the current First Vice President and Co-chair of the International Political Science Association's World Congress to be held in Poznan, Poland in July of 2016. 

Areas of Expertise

Racial, ethnic and urban politics, voting rights policy

Pinderhughes studies inequality with a focus on racial and ethnic politics and public policy. She is the author/co-author of Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics: A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory (1987); Uneven Roads: An Introduction to US Racial and Ethnic Politics (co-author; 2014); Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America (forthcoming 2016) as well as numerous articles, including several for the National Urban League’s “State of Black America” and book chapters addressing issues of race, public policy and electoral politics. She also is interested in the creation of American civil society institutions in the 20th century and is analyzing their influence on voting rights policy. Pinderhughes is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.


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