Jasmine Carrera Smith

Jasmine Carrera Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Duke University. Broadly, her research agenda considers how Black Americans' racial identity shapes political attitudes, behavior, and interactions with political institutions. Her dissertation project provides an understanding of the strategic way in which Black Americans vote in primary elections. Situating her theoretical framework in rational choice theory, Jasmine argues that Black voters forego candidates that fulfill their desire for descriptive representation to elect a candidate that is likely to defeat the Republican candidate in the general election. Her dissertation has been funded by the NSF/APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • American Politics
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
  • African American Politics
  • Political Behavior