Evelyn M. Simien

Associate Professor

Political Science

African American Politics, Public Opinion, Political Behavior

Ph.D. Purdue University

Professor Simien is a joint-hire with the Department of Political Science and Institute for Africana Studies. Her first book, Black Feminist Voices in Politics (SUNY Press, 2006), examined black feminist consciousness and its effect on political behavior using national survey data. Her second book, Gender and Lynching: the Politics of Memory (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), focused on African American women who suffered racial-sexual violence at the hands of lynch mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her third book, Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015), considers whether candidates like Shirley Chisholm in 1972 and Jesse Jackson in 1984 as well as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 mobilize voters through emotional appeals while combating stereotypes and providing more inclusive representation.

Guest Journal Editor

  • Simien, Evelyn M., ed. 2013.”The Obama Presidency: Public Opinion, Policy Outcomes, and Rhetorical Failure.”Polity (the Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association), January 45(1): 85-168.
  • Simien, Evelyn M., and Ange-Marie Hancock, eds. 2011. “Intersectionality Research,” Political Research Quarterly, March 64(1): 185-243.

Selected Publications


Peer-Reviewed Articles and Scholarly Essays

  • Simien, Evelyn M., and Sarah Cote Hampson. 2017. “Hillary Clinton and the Women Who Supported Her: Emotional Attachments and the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary,” DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race 13(3): 1-24.
  • Simien, Evelyn M. 2016. “Contrasting Concepts within the U.S. and across the African Diaspora: Motherhood Status Reconsidered Comparatively,” Politics, Groups and Identities 4(2): 325-330.
  • Simien, Evelyn M., and Danielle L. McGuire. 2014. “A Tribute to the Women: Rewriting History, Retelling Herstory in Civil Rights.” Politics & Gender, 10(3): 413-431.
  • Simien, Evelyn M. 2013. “African American Public Opinion: Past, Present, and Future Research,” Politics, Groups, and Identities 1(2): 263-274.
  • Simien, Evelyn M. 2007. “Doing Intersectionality Research: From Conceptual Issues to Practical Examples.” Politics & Gender 3(2): 36-43.
  • Alexander-Floyd, Nikol G., and Evelyn M. Simien. 2006. “Revisiting ‘What’s in a Name?’: Exploring the Contours of Africana Womanist Thought.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 27(1): 67-89.
  • Simien, Evelyn M. 2005. “Race, Gender, and Linked Fate.” Journal of Black Studies 35(5):529-550.
  • Simien, Evelyn M. 2004. “Black Feminist Theory: Charting a Course for Black Women’s Studies in Political Science.” Women & Politics 26(2): 81-93.
  • Simien, Evelyn M., and Rosalee A. Clawson. 2004. “The Intersection of Race and Gender: An Examination of Black Feminist Consciousness, Race Consciousness, and Policy Attitudes” with Rosalee A. Clawson. Social Science Quarterly 85(3): 793-810.
  • Simien, Evelyn M. 2004 “Gender Differences in Attitudes Toward Black Feminism Among African Americans.” Political Science Quarterly 119(2): 315-338.

Book Chapters

  • (2009) “Clinton and Obama: The Impact of Race and Sex on the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primaries,” In Winning the Presidency 2008, edited by William J. Crotty. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • (2009) “Revisiting ‘What’s in a Name?’: Exploring the Contours of Africana Womanist Thought,” with Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd. In Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women’s Studies, eds. Stanlie M. James, Frances Smith-Foster, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. NY: The Feminist Press.
  • (2007) “A Black Gender Gap? Continuity and Change in Black Feminist Attitudes,” In African American Perspectives on Political Science, ed. Wilbur Rich. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • (2007) “Black Feminist Theory: Charting a Course for Black Women’s Studies in Political Science,” In Speaking Our Minds: Black Women’s Intellectual Traditions, eds. Kristin Waters and Carol B. Conaway, University of Vermont Press.


Invited Lectures

  • Penn State, Dec 10, 2015
  • Trinity College, Feb 15, 2016
  • Providence College, Mar 29, 2016
  • John Hopkins University, Apr 22, 2016
  • University of California-Irvine, May 13, 2016
  • University of Houston, Sept 14, 2016
  • College of the Holy Cross, Oct 17, 2016
  • Brown University, Nov 30, 2016
  • Ohio State University, Dec 5, 2016
  • Vanderbilt University, Feb 24, 2017
  • Wheaton College (MA), March 6, 2017
  • Louisiana State University, March 15, 2017
  • Villanova University, April 10, 2017
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-3254
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Office LocationOak Hall 416
Office HoursMF 11:30am to 1pm