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Rachel Lienesch

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Rachel Lienesch

Political Science
American Democracy Graduate Fellows


Rachel Lienesch is a PhD candidate in the Political Science department. Her research focuses on how racial identity influences the way White voters, especially White Democrats, think about race and perceive messages about race from politicians. Her work through the Center for American Democracy at IRiSS examines how White Democrats respond to progressive racial messaging from Democratic politicians, especially messaging that is explicitly directed at Whites, and how electoral context (i.e., primary vs. general election) conditions the responses of these White Democrats.