Works in Progress
Black Women, Black Power: African American Women Politicians as Mobilizing Agents – book project.
This book length manuscript examines the impact of African American women in American politics, exploring how and why the presence of Black women in politics mobilizes African American women’s political participation. Despite being underrepresented at all levels of government, African American women are visibly engaged in electoral politics as candidates and voters. Black women including Shirley Chisolm, Carol Mosely Braun, Maxine Waters, Gwen Moore, Mia Love, Kamala Harris, and Lisa Blunt Rochester have overcome the distinct hurdles they face due to their race and gender, setting new paths and breaking new ground. Black women in politics serve as a mobilizing symbol, raising the psychological engagement and participation of Black women in the electorate. Yet, we still know little about the conditions under which this symbolic mobilization occurs.
Using an intersectional approach to examine the effects of race and gender on women’s political participation and differences in this mobilizing relationship according to social class position, Black Women, Black Power centers the political experiences of a vastly ignored group within the American electorate and broadens our understanding of the intersectional impact of identity on political participation.
Latino Racial Group Consciousness and the Link to Political Participation (with Alvaro Corral, University of Texas at Austin) – article.
Abstract: In the decade since Latinos became America’s largest minority group, the status of Latino racial identity remains ambiguous for non-Latinos and Latinos alike. Currently, Latinos are classified by the Census as an ethnic group whose members can be of any race. Yet, when faced with a variety of racial options, many Latinos classify themselves racially as White, fewer as Black, but a substantial portion have opted for the ‘some other race’ category. In resisting the traditional American color line Latinos have crafted a space for Latino racial distinctiveness. The diversity of Latino racial identities might then complicate the development of racial group consciousness when the boundaries/contours of the racial group itself are so contested. In this paper, we draw from the growing literature on race and Latino politics to examine the development of Latino racial group consciousness and the influence of Latino racial group consciousness on political participation. Specifically, we are interested in answering the following questions: 1) What factors impact the development of distinct forms of Latino racial group consciousness? and 2) How do these forms of racial group consciousness influence Latino political participation? Using 2006 Latino National Survey (LNS) we explore the determinants of three distinct forms of Latino racial group consciousness (White, Black, and racialized Latino) and explores whether these forms of racial group consciousness play a role in facilitating Latino political activism. Findings suggest that phenotype, nativity, national origin, educational attainment, and socioeconomic status are important factors for the development of certain types of racial group consciousness. Analyses also confirm that a racialized Latino racial group consciousness positively influences most forms of electoral and non-electoral participation for Latinos, including voting.
Your Views Ain’t Like Mine: An Intersectional Analysis of Latino Public Opinion – article.
Abstract: Although the concept of intersectionality as an analytical tool has long been recognized for its value within the social sciences, few studies have used an intersectional approach to explore the political attitudes of Latinas. In an effort to consider the political effects of multiple group experiences, this article explores differences in public opinion among Latino women. Because of their socialization experiences with ethnic, race, and gender discrimination, I hypothesize that Latinas who do not racially self-identify as white (and experience a unique form of marginalization) will have distinct views on gender issues and issues tied to race and ethnicity when compared to Latinas who self-identify as white. I test this hypothesis using the 2006 Latino National Survey and find significant gaps in attitudes between Latinas who self-identity as white, black, or other race. This study contributes to our understanding of Latino public opinion, demonstrating that intersecting experiences of marginalization have political consequences.
Recent Conference Presentations
Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. “Race, Gender, and Class – Rethinking the Impact of African American Women in Politics as Mobilizing Agents,” presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. “The Latino Vote in 2016: Myths and Realities about the ‘Trump Effect’”, presented at the 2017 American Elections Academic Symposium, Saint Anselm College, NH.
Henne-Ochoa, Carmen, Bridget Newell, and Atiya Stokes-Brown. “Modeling Diversity and Inclusion: The Impact on Campus Climate of a CDO-Led Team Model,” presented at the 2017 Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Network for Academic Renewal Conference, Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading to Change, Jacksonville, FL.
Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai and Alvaro Corral. “The Increasing Significance of Race: Exploring the Development of Latino Racial Group Consciousness and the Link to Political Participation, ” presented at the 2015 Conference on the Politics of Latino Identity, sponsored by the Departments of Political Science at the University of Houston and at the University of Texas at Austin.
Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. “The Increasing Significance of Race: Exploring the Development of Latino Racial Group Consciousness and the Link to Political Participation,” presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, FL and the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
Bailey, Mandi Bates and Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown. “Deracialization and the News Media: A SocialPsychological Analysis,” presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. “The Politics of Intersectionality: Gender, Race, and Latina Public Opinion,” presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL and the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, Las Vegas, NV. *Winner of the 2011 Jewel Prestage Award, Southwestern Political Science Association.
Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. “Racial Self Identification and Latino Partisanship,” presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. *Nominated for the Lucius Barker Award for the best paper on a topic investigating race or ethnicity and politics.
Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. “Racial Self Identification and Latino Public Opinion,” presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA and the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA. Stokes-Brown,