Shayla C. Nunnally

Associate Professor

Africana Studies and Political Science

Dr. Nunnally is a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at Duke University, and she completed her dissertation as an Erskine A. Peters Fellow in the African/African American Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches courses in American politics and African American politics, public opinion, and political behavior. Her research focuses on political socialization, racial socialization, trust, intergroup relations and attitudes, social capital, collective memory and memory transmission, black American partisanship, black institutions, and black political development.

Dr. Nunnally’s research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Black Studies, Du Bois Review, Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs, Journal of African American Studies, and several encyclopedias and edited volumes.  She also has published a book with New York University Press, Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics (2012), and she recently learned that her book was cited in an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court for the landmark affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2013).  Her current research focuses on black partisanship, black intraracial trust, and black elite-cueing. Her latest research project assesses the political dynamism of black public high schools in the State of Virginia, and she has received an internal grant with the Humility in Discourse Project of the UCONN Humanities Institute. She is working on several book monographs and articles related to these subjects.

Dr. Nunnally has appeared on several international, national, and local radio and TV shows (local and national) to discuss American politics and race and politics. She was awarded the 2009 Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Outstanding Community Service by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Additionally, in 2009, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Professionals Member for the Eastern Region of the National Urban League.  In 2014, she was recognized by her alma mater, North Carolina Central University, as one of its top 40 under 40 Alumni.

In March 2017, she was installed as the 39th President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), wherein she will serve through March 2019.  Dr. Nunnally also currently serves as the Campus Coordinator/Director of the UCONN Collaborative for Equity in Research on Women and Girls of Color, an institutional commitment with Wake Forest University’s Anna Julia Cooper Center and Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry (Executive Director), with over 50 institutions contributing.  Dr. Nunnally has served as an appointee on the American Political Science Association’s (APSA, 2014-2016)  Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession. Recently, she has been invited and will serve as an editorial board member with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s new biennial journal, Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research.

Selected Publications:

Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, Politics

Contact Information
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