Paula D. McClain
Professor of Political Science
Paula D. McClain is Professor of Political Science and Professor of Public Policy and Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, having moved to Duke from the University of Virginia in 2000. She became Dean on July 1, 2012. She also directs the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute hosted by Duke University, and funded by the National Science Foundation and Duke University. 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 articles have appeared in numerous journals, most recently the Journal of Politics, American Political Science Review, Urban Affairs Review, The Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and Politics, Groups and Identities, among others. 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 2014. The 7th edition with a new coauthor, Jessica D. Johnson Carew was published in June 2017. Her 1990 book, Race, Place and Risk: Black Homicide in Urban America, co-authored with Harold W. Rose, won the National Conference of Black Political Scientists' 1995 Best Book Award for a previously published book that has made a substantial and continuing contribution. American Government in Black and White: Diversity and Democracy, co-authored with Steven Tauber, won the American Political Science Association’s Race, Ethnicity and Politics Organized Section Best Book Award for a book published in 2010. The 3rd edition of the book was published by Oxford University Press in January 2017.
She is the Immediate past president of the Midwest Political Science Association, past President of the Southern Political Science Association and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, is a past vice president of the American Political Science Association, 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, served as Vice President of the Midwest Political Science Association, served as Vice President and 2002 Program Chair of the Southern Political Science Association, and served as a Vice President and Program Co-Chair of the 2003 International Political Science Association World Congress which was held in Durban, South Africa in July 2003. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the Duke University Blue Ribbon Diversity Award (2012), the Graduate School Mentoring Award (2010), the Frank J. Goodnow Award for contributions to the profession of political science (2007), a Meta Mentoring Award from the Women’s Caucus for Political Science of the American Political Science Association (2007), the Manning Dauer Award from the Southern Political Science Association (2015), and 2017 Midwest Women’s Caucus of Political Science (MWCPS) Outstanding Professional Achievement award. In 2014, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- 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.
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.
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
McClain, PD. "Review Symposium, Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–And Turned its Back on the Middle Class, by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson." Perspectives on Politics 9 (September 2011): 651-654. (Review)
McClain, PD. "Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer-And Turned its Back on the Middle Class." PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS 9.3 (September 2011): 651-654. Full Text
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, 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 (June 1, 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, PD, 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?." Du Bois Review 4.1 (January 1, 2007): 97-117. Full Text
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)
McClain, PD. "Presidential Address. “Racial Intergroup Relations in a Set of Cities: A Twenty-Year Perspective”." The Journal of Politics 68.4 (November 2006): 757-770. Full Text
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.
Cienciactive - Steven Chavez - E032 Doctoral Fellowship awarded by Cienciactiva (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022
Sloan Foundation Graduate School Award awarded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2021
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021
Horatio Alger Association - Corey Roache awarded by Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020
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
Launching the PhD Program in Visual and Media Studies awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2019
ACC - Weaver James Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship - R Blazing awarded by Atlantic Coast Conference (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019
Google LLC - Yuan Deng awarded by Google Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship awarded by American Council of Learned Societies (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019