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Lauren D. Davenport

Lauren D. Davenport

Associate Professor of Political Science
American Democracy Faculty Fellows


I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. My research interests include American political behavior, public opinion, and race and ethnicity. In particular, my research explains how racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. develop their identities and political attachments. While racial identity was traditionally seen as an ascribed trait in U.S. politics, the growth of minority populations, increases in intermarriage, and political recognition of multiracial labels signal a new racial moment and an acute change in how Americans view race and ethnicity. I examine identity and behavior in a way that reflects this reality.

My research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, and Public Opinion Quarterly. My work has been featured in national media outlets, including CNN, Time magazine, NBC News, National Public Radio, and New York magazine. My forthcoming book, Politics Between Black and White (Cambridge University Press, 2018), assesses how social, historical, and economic processes help construct multiracials' identities and political outlook. My other ongoing research projects examine the policy ramifications of multiple-race identification, and minority responsiveness to racial cues.
I received my Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. I also hold an M.A. from Princeton and a B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Michigan.