Evelyn M. Simien, Ph.D.
African American Politics, Public Opinion, Political Behavior
Ph.D. Purdue University
Office: OAK 416
Phone: (860) 486-3254
Professor Simien is a member of the Executive Council for the American Political Science Association (APSA). She is also a joint-hire with the Department of Political Science and Institute for Africana Studies. Her first book, Black Feminist Voices in Politics (SUNY Press, 2006), examined black feminist consciousness and its effect on political behavior using national survey data. Her second book, Gender and Lynching: the Politics of Memory (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), focused on African American women who suffered racial-sexual violence at the hands of lynch mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her third book, Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015), considers whether candidates like Shirley Chisholm in 1972 and Jesse Jackson in 1984 as well as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 mobilize voters through emotional appeals while combating stereotypes and providing more inclusive representation.
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Guest Journal Editor
- Simien, Evelyn M., ed. 2013."The Obama Presidency: Public Opinion, Policy Outcomes, and Rhetorical Failure."Polity (the Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association), January 45(1): 85-168.
- Simien, Evelyn M., and Ange-Marie Hancock, eds. 2011. “Intersectionality Research,” Political Research Quarterly, March 64(1): 185-243.
- Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics. (Oxford University Press, 2015)
- Gender and Lynching: The Politics of Memory. (Palgrave/Macmillan Press, 2011).
- Black Feminist Voices in Politics. (State University of New York Press, 2006).
- (2014) “A Tribute to the Women: Rewriting History, Retelling Herstory in Civil Rights,” with Danielle L. McGuire. Politics & Gender, 10(3): 413-431.
- (2013) "African American Public Opinion: Past, Present, and Future Research,” Politics, Groups, and Identities 1(2): 263-274.
- (2007) “Doing Intersectionality Research: From Conceptual Issues to Practical Examples.” Politics & Gender 3(2): 36-43.
- (2006) “Revisiting ‘What's in a Name?': Exploring the Contours of Africana Womanist Thought” with Nikol G. Alexander Floyd. Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies 27(1): 67-89.
- (2005) "Race, Gender, and Linked Fate." Journal of Black Studies 35(5):529-550.
- (2004) "Black Feminist Theory: Charting a Course for Black Women's Studies in Political Science." Women & Politics 26(2): 81-93.
- (2004) "The Intersection of Race and Gender: An Examination of Black Feminist Consciousness, Race Consciousness, and Policy Attitudes" with Rosalee A. Clawson. Social Science Quarterly 85(3): 793-810.
- (2004) "Gender Differences in Attitudes Toward Black Feminism Among African Americans." Political Science Quarterly 119(2): 315-338.
- (2009) “Clinton and Obama: The Impact of Race and Sex on the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primaries,” In Winning the Presidency 2008, edited by William J. Crotty. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
- (2009) “Revisiting ‘What’s in a Name?’: Exploring the Contours of Africana Womanist Thought,” with Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd. In Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women’s Studies, eds. Stanlie M. James, Frances Smith-Foster, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. NY: The Feminist Press.
- (2007) “A Black Gender Gap? Continuity and Change in Black Feminist Attitudes,” In African American Perspectives on Political Science, ed. Wilbur Rich. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- (2007) “Black Feminist Theory: Charting a Course for Black Women’s Studies in Political Science,” In Speaking Our Minds: Black Women’s Intellectual Traditions, eds. Kristin Waters and Carol B. Conaway, University of Vermont Press.
Works in Progress
- “Hillary Clinton, Symbolic Empowerment, and Intragroup Emotion” with Sarah Cote Hampson, revise and resubmit.