Monday's Feature: Dr. Shayla C. Nunnally


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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 Amazon.com, 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 http://polisci.uconn.edu/people/faculty/faculty.php?name=nunnally.

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,







2 comments:

  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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