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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Deborah Schildkraut

Professor
Department of Political Science

Deborah Schildkraut

Deborah Schildkraut

Professor
Department of Political Science

Biography: 

Schildkraut’s Faculty Fellow project on the measurement and political meaning of white identity in the United States is aimed at broadening and deepening how political scientists understand the psychological and political roles that race plays for white Americans and how this identity is shaping political engagement. Using focus groups that she will conduct in New Hampshire, she will examine how white Americans interpret survey questions about racial identity, perceptions of discrimination, and their sense of linked fate with whites as a group. One aim is to illustrate the situational and psychological factors that render whiteness as a racial identity salient. Another is to explore the political ramifications of white identity, specifically, its consequences for political engagement. A final aim is to use insights from the discussions to devise appropriate survey questions.