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Doctoral StudentAmerican Politics
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LaFleur Stephens is currently a visiting scholar in the Political Science Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include American public opinion, campaigns and elections, and racial attitudes. Her dissertation examines the different race-based appeals used by black and white candidates to attract electoral support from whites. Specifically, she is interested in the effectiveness of racial appeals and racial imagery. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Time-Sharing in Experimental Social Sciences Grant, as well as a grant from the Center for the Study of Public Policy in Diverse Societies. She is also the co-author of "African Americans and the Presidential Nominating Process," published in William Mayer's The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2008.
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