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Paula D. McClain, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Political Science and Director, Ralph Bunche Institute

Paula D. McClain
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Office Location:  277 Gross Hall
Office Phone:  (919) 681-1560
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Web Page:   http://www.duke.edu/~pmcclain/


PhD, Howard University, 1977
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Analysis Center, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1982
University of Michigan, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, 1979
University of Michigan, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, 1978
M.A., Howard University, 1974
B.A., Howard University, 1972

American Politics
Political Institutions
Behavior & Identities
Research Interests: Racial politics and Urban politics

Paula D. McClain is professor of political science and public policy at Duke University. She is also Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education. A Howard University Ph.D., her primary research interests are in racial minority group politics, particularly inter-minority political and social competition, and urban politics. Her most recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, and The DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race. Westview Press published the sixth edition of her book, "Can We All Get Along?": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics, coauthored with Joseph Stewart, Jr. in 2013. Her most recent book is American Government in Black and White, co-authored with Steven C. Tauber published in 2010 by Paradigm Publishers. The 2nd edition of American Government in Black and White was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. She is a past vice president of the American Political Science Association, a past president of the Southern Political Science Association, a past president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, served as Program Co-Chair for the 1993 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, served as Program Chair for the 1999 annual meeting of Midwest Political Science Association, and served as Program Co-Chair of the 2003 International Political Science Association World Congress to be held in Durban, South Africa. She also served on the Advisory Committee of the Directorate of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation, and served on the Board of Overseers for the American National Election Study (2008 and 2012). She is also Director of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, and served as Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (2004-2013).

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. P.D. McClain and Joseph Stewart, Jr., "Can We All Get Along?" Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics 6th edition (2014), (Boulder: Westview Press, 2014) .
  2. P.D. McClain and Steven C. Tauber, American Government in Black and White, 2nd edition (2014), (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014) .
  3. P.D. McClain, Review Symposium, Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned its Back on the Middle Class, by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, Perspectives on Politics, vol. 9 no. 3 (September, 2011), pp. 651-654 .
  4. P.D. McClain, Gerald F. Lackey, Efrén O. Peréz, Niambi M. Carter, Jessica Johnson Carew, Eugene Walton, Jr., Candis S. Watts, Monique L. Lyle and Shayla C. Nunnally., Intergroup Relations in Three Southern Cities., in .Just Neighbors? Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States., edited by Edward Telles, Gaspar Rivera-Salgado and Sylvia Zamora, editors. (2011), Russell Sage Foundation .
  5. James Alt, Simone Chambers, Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D. McClain, The Encyclopedia of Political Science (October, 2010), Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010 (This encylclopedia consists of five volumes with a total of 1801 pages..) .

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