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Ellen Reinhart

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Ellen Reinhart

American Democracy Graduate Fellows


Ellen Reinhart is a Ph.D. student in Social Psychology. Her research focuses on how cultural defaults perpetuate disparities based on social class and race. One line of work focuses on how ideas of contributing to the world privileges ways of helping more common in middle-class contexts and neglect the forms of good more common in working-class contexts. Her work through the Center for American Democracy at IRiSS explores the civic and societal consequences (e.g., exclusion, civic disengagement, polarization) of a limiting notion of what it means to do good in the world.