American Politics: Descriptive & Substantive Representation Discussion

This week’s resource, “American Politics: Descriptive & Substantive Representation Discussion” offers lesson plans for in-person, online and hybrid course structures. It invites undergraduate students to engage with two peer-reviewed political science journal articles on descriptive and substantive representation in American national politics before participating in a series of discussion activities.

This resource is the result of a scholarly collaboration, itself funded the the APSA’s Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs P4 Grants. The P4 grants funds collaborations between scholars at large research universities with community college faculty. More information about the P4 program can be accessed here.

  • Dina Castillo is professor of political science and Mexican American studies at San Jacinto College. She has been teaching at San Jacinto College since 2002.
  • Dr. Anita Chadha is a professor of political science at the University of Houston – Downtown, where she has been teaching since 2002. Her teaching interests include American government, political participation and democracy, and public policy.
  • Matt Lamb is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Rice University. His research interests include American Politics, election administration, Latinx politics, and civic engagement.
  • Will Parent is a professor of political science at San Jacinto College. He has been teaching at San Jacinto College since 2010.



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