Shayla C. Nunnally

Associate Professor

Political Science

American Politics, Race and Politics, African American Politics

Ph.D. Duke University

Dr. Nunnally specializes in public opinion and political behavior, race and politics, African American political behavior, and black political development.  Her research interests include political socialization, racial socialization, trust, and intergroup relations and attitudes.  With funding from a University of Connecticut large faculty grant, she is the principal investigator of a national survey on intergroup attitudes.  She is also a research team member with the National Conference of Black Political Scientists for the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (2008 and 2010, Tyson King-Meadows, Principal Investigator) and with the research group for the study of black, white, and Latino political attitudes in the New South (Paula D. McClain, Principal Investigator). Her research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Black Studies, the Du Bois Review, the Journal of African American Studies, and several encyclopedias and edited volumes.  She has a forthcoming book with New York University Press (Fall 2011), Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics. Her current research focuses on the transmission of memory across generations and communities of black Americans and what this transmission means for cultural trauma, group remembrance, group politics, and institution-building. She was awarded the 2009 Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Outstanding Community Service by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.  Additionally, in 2009, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Professionals Member for the Eastern Region of the National Urban League. She was a 2004-2005 Erskine A. Peters Fellow in the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Nunnally teaches courses in race and politics and African American politics, and she has a joint appointment with the Institute for African American Studies.

Selected Publications

  • “Linking Blackness or Ethnic Othering?: African Americans’ Diasporic Linked Fate with West Indian and African Peoples in the U.S.” Du Bois Review (Forthcoming)
  • “Learning Race, Socializing Blackness: A Cross-Generational Analysis of Black Americans’ Racial Socialization Experiences” Du Bois Review (Forthcoming)
  • “Zero-Sum Politics as a Trust Dilemma?: How Race and Gender Affect Blacks’, Whites’, and Latinos’ Trust in Obama’s and Clinton’s Representation of Group Interests,” Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs (Forthcoming)
  • “Racial Homogenization and Stereotypes: Black American College Students’ Racial Stereotypes.” Journal of Black Studies (Published: February 5, 2008)
  • “Racial Distancing in a Southern City: Latino Immigrants’ Views of Black Americans.” Co-Authored with Paula D. McClain, Niambi Carter, Victoria DeFrancesco, Monique Lyle, Thomas J. Scotto, J. Alan Kendrick, Jeffrey D. Grynaviski, Gerald F. Lackey, and Kendra Davenport Cotton. 2006. Journal of Politics 68(3, August): 571-584.
  • “Black Americans and Latino Immigrants in a Southern City: Friendly Neighbors or Economic Competitors?” Co-Authored with Paula D. McClain, Monique Lyle, Niambi M. Carter, Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, Gerald Lackey, Kendra Davenport Cotton, Thomas J. Scotto, Jeffrey D. Grynaviski, and J. Alan Kendrick. 2007. Du Bois Review 4(1): 1-21.
  • “Advantage, Agency, and Unrest: The Quest for Socio-Political Capital and Voting Rights among African Americans in Petersburg, Virginia, 1929-1956.” 2008. William H. Alexander, Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, Charles H. Ford, eds. Voices from Within the Veil: African Americans and the Experience of Democracy. Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Course Offerings

Graduate Course

  • African American Politics

Undergraduate Course

  • African American Politics
  • Race, American Politics, and Public Policy (Writing-Intensive)
  • Political Behavior and Public Opinion
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-3257
Office LocationOak Hall 403