Monday's Feature: Dr. Shayla C. Nunnally

Meet Dr. Shayla C. Nunnally.

Dr. Shayla C. Nunnally
Associate Professor,
University of Connecticut

AE:  Who are you?   
SN:  I am Shayla C. Nunnally, an alumna of North Carolina Central University.
AE:  What is it that you do? 
SN:  I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in African American politics. I also specialize in research on African American political behavior and public opinion. My research focuses on racial socialization, political socialization, black identity, and political trust. I also am involved in research that explores interracial/intraracial relations and attitudes.
AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
SNI became interested in African American politics and how black Americans learn about race (racial socialization) when I realized that in everyday conversations black Americans from across the country many times commonly knew cultural practices, sayings, and norms about life and black people. I also noticed the extent to which I heard many black people express their distrust in various aspects of their lives. As a research interest, I wanted to know how much race and racism influenced their life experiences.
AE:  Where can we find your work? 
SN:   My book, TRUST IN BLACK AMERICA: RACE, DISCRIMINATION, AND POLITICS can be found at, Barnes and Noble, and New York University Press.
AE:  What is your website/contact information? 
SN:  For more information about me and my research, please go to

It inspires me to see people of my generation achieving their dreams and leaving their mark behind.  Dr. Nunnally's book, Trust in Black America:  Race, Discrimination, and Politics will be released for publication on February 1, 2012.  I'm ordering a copy.  How about you?

Peace & Love,


  1. pretty cool. i like books like these that discuss what makes people behave the way they do. Looks like I might need to check this out.


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