Paula D. McClain

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
2127 Campus Drive, Box 90067, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90067, Durham, NC 27708-0067
Phone: 
(919) 681-1560
Specialties: 
American Politics, Political Institutions, Behavior Identities

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).

Education

  • Ph.D., Howard University 1977
  • M.A., Howard University 1974
  • B.A., Howard University 1972

McClain, PD, and Joseph Stewart, J. "Can We All Get Along?" Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics. (Boulder: Westview Press, 2014), 2014.

McClain, PD, and Tauber, SC. American Government in Black and White, 2nd edition. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), 2013.

Alt, J, Chambers, S, Garrett, G, Levi, M, and McClain, PD. The Encyclopedia of Political Science. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010, October 2010.

McClain, PD, and Tauber, SC. American Government in Black and White. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2010, February 2010.

McClain, PD. Minority Group Influence: Agenda Setting, Formulation, and Public Policy. Ed. PD McClain. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.

McClain, PD, and Rose, HM. Race, Place, and Risk: Black Homicide in Urban America. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1990.

McClain, PD. Urban Minority Administrators: Politics, Policy and Style. Ed. PD McClain and AK Karnig. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1988.

McClain, PD. Alienation and Resistance: The Political Behavior of Afro-Canadians. San Francisco, CA: R & E Research Associates, 1979.

Fulkerson, MMC. "Foreword." January 1, 2015. ix-x. Full Text

Swaminathan, MS. "Foreword." January 1, 2013. xxii-xxiii. Full Text

McClain, PD, Lackey, GF, Peréz, EO, Carter, NM, Carew, JJ, Eugene Walton, J, Watts, CS, Lyle, ML, and Nunnally, SC. "Intergroup Relations in Three Southern Cities." .Just Neighbors? Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States. Ed. E Telles, G Rivera-Salgado, and E Sylvia Zamora. Russell Sage Foundation, 2011.

McClain, P, Soto, VMD, Lyle, ML, Carter, NM, Lackey, GF, Grynaviski, JD, Cotton, KD, Nunnally, SC, Scotto, TJ, and Kendrick, JA. "“Black Elites and Latino Immigrant Relations in a Southern City: Do Black Elites and the Black Masses Agree?." New Race Politics in America: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Voting. Ed. J Junn and KL Haynie. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

McClain, PD. "“North Carolina’s Response to Latino Immigrants and Immigration.”." Immigration’s New Frontiers: Experiences from the New Gateway States. Ed. J Greg Anrig and TA Wang. Century Foundation, November 2006. 7-32.

McClain, PD, Brady, MC, Carter, NM, Soto, VMD, and Perez, EO. "Rebuilding Black Voting Rights Before the Voting Rights Act." The Voting Rights Act: Security The Ballot. Ed. RM Valelly. Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005.

Rose, HM, and McClain, P. "Homicide Risk and Level of Victimization in Two Concentrated Povery Enclaves: A Black/Hispanic Comparison." Violent Crime: Assessing Race and Ethnic Difference. Ed. DF Hawkins. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

McClain, PD, and Tauber, SC. "Racial Minority Group Relations in a Multiracial Society." In Governing American Cities: Immigrants and Inter-Ethnic Coalitions, Competition, and Conflict. Ed. M Jones-Correa and ed. (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2001), 2001.

McClain, P. "Urban Crime in the United States and Western Europe: A Comparison." In Handbook on Urban Studies. Ed. R Paddison and UOG ed. (London: Sage Publications, 2000), 2000.

McClain, P, and Joseph Stewart, J. "An Overview of Black American Politics and Participation Since the Civil Rights Movement." New Directions: African Americans in a Diversifying Nation. Ed. JS Jackson and M Zuckerman. Washington D.C.: National Policy Association, 2000.

Pages

McClain, PD, Ayee, GYA, Means, TN, Reyes-Barriéntez, AM, and Sediqe, NA. "Race, power, and knowledge: tracing the roots of exclusion in the development of political science in the United States." Politics, Groups, and Identities 4.3 (July 2, 2016): 467-482. Full Text

Martin, PP, McClain, PD, and Simpson, A. "PAUL LIONEL PURYEAR, SR. IN MEMORIAM." PS-POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS 43.4 (October 2010): 806-807. Open Access Copy

McClain, PD, Johnson Carew, JD, Walton, E, and Watts, CS. "Group Membership, Group Identity, and Group Consciousness: Measures of Racial Identity in American Politics?." Annual Review of Political Science 12 (August 6, 2009).

McClain, PD, Carew, JDJ, Jr, WE, and Watts, CS. "Group Membership, Group Identity, and Group Consciousness: Measures of Racial Identity in American Politics?." ANNUAL REVIEW OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 12 (2009): 471-485. Full Text

McClain, PD, Lyle, ML, Perez, EO, Johnson Carew, JD, Walton, E, Watts, CS, Lackey, GF, Clealand, DP, and Nunnally, SC. "Black and White Americans and Latino Immigrants: A Preliminary Look at Attitudes in Three Southern Cities." (2009).

McClain, P, Lyle, ML, Carter, NM, Soto, VMD, Lackey, GF, Cotton, KD, Nunnally, SC, Scotto, TJ, Grynaviski, JD, and Kendrick, JA. "“Black Americans and Latino Immigrants in a Southern City: Friendly Neighbors or Economic Competitors?”." The Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 4.1 (March 2007): 97.-117. (Academic Article)

McClain, PD. "“Racial Intergroup Relations in a Set of Cities: A Twenty-Year Perspective.”." Journal of Politics 68.4 (November 2006): 757-770. (Academic Article)

Pages

McClain, PD, and Hall, JS. Representation, Participation and the New Pheonix District Election System. Tempe, AZ: School of Public Affairs, 1984.

McClain, PD, and Rose, HM. Black Homicide and the Urban Environment. Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Mental Health, 1981.

McClain, PD. Wisconsin’s Approach to Assist Urban and Other Distressed Areas. National Academy of Public Administration, 1979.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021

DOE computational Science Graduate Fellowship awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020

DOE-Computational Science Graduate Fellowship awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Launching the PhD Program in Visual and Media Studies awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2018

Duke OPTIONS awarded by Council of Graduate Schools (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

NCAA Scholarship - William Calkins awarded by National Collegiate Athletic Association (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

REU in Political Science: Ralph Bunche Summer Institute awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2013

REU Site: Ralph Bunche Summer Institute awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2012

Conference/Workshop on Tenure and Promotion for Political Scientists of Color awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2011

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