Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Dianne M. Pinderhughes is Notre Dame Presidential Faculty Fellow, Chair and Professor in the Department of Africana Studies, and Professor of Political Science. Her research addresses inequality with a focus on racial, ethnic, and gender politics and public policy in the Americas, exploring the creation of American civil society institutions in the twentieth century and analyzing their influence on the formation of voting rights policy.

 She was a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program; she is a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Pinderhughes was the first Vice President of the International Political Science Association and has also been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2019, she was named to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

Thematic Interests

Issues of inequality with a focus on racial, ethnic and gendered political participation; a comparative perspective to the development of race and civil society in the Americas



Book Chapters

“Race, The Presidency and Obama’s First Year”, in Charles Henry ed., The Obama Phenomenon: Toward a Multiracial Democracy (The University of Illinois Press, 2011)
Coauthor. “Intersectionality: Race and Gender in the 2008 Presidential Nomination Campaign” in Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Johnetta Betsch Cole eds., Who Should Be First? Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign (SUNY Press. 2010)
"Gender, Race, and Descriptive Representation in the United States," in Carol Hardy-Fanta ed., Intersectionality and Politics: Recent Research on Gender, Race, and Political Representation in the United States, (Haworth Press, 2006)


Other Accomplishments & Recognitions

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