McKenzie Bennett is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on intergroup attitudes, ethnocentrism, social justice movements, political psychology and the principle-policy gap.

More specifically, Bennett's research revolves around White allyship, examining predispositions and the crystallization of political attitudes into actions. Her ongoing projects delve into establishing causal linkages between cognitive orientations and behavioral aspects of White allyship. Furthermore, she investigates the impact of performative allyship on social justice objectives and goals.

She graduated with summa cum laude honors upon completing her BA degree in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. Additionally, Bennett is a scholar from the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. In 2021, she was honored with the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.