The Andrea Benjamin Collection

Andrea Benjamin, an associate professor of African and African American studies at The University of Oklahoma, is the author of “Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections: Elite Cues and Cross-Ethnic Voting.” She is also the co-author of “Set in Stone? Predicting Confederate Monument Removal,” recently published in PS: Political Science and Politics. Andrea Benjamin earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2010. Her research interests include Race and Politics, Local Elections and Voting behavior, and Public Opinion.

Professor Benjamin is an educator who is most passionate about bringing data into the classroom and engaging with local communities to help residents pursue social change. Educate’s “Andrea Benjamin Collection” features three original teaching resources and her June 11, 2020 Washington Post op-ed. Her Washington Post essay provides students and the public with the historical context to help understand how to interpret recent public opinion polls showing large public support for the movement for Black lives. The three teaching resources offer not only a wealth of literature to understand race, urban politics, inequality and coalition development, her resources also offers active learning assignments asking students to grapple with political decisions such as the urban transportation development in Durham, North Carolina.

Americans Have a History of Supporting Causes in the Abstract, and then Retreating” Washington Post, June 11, 2020.

Teaching Resources:

  1. Race and Politics Syllabi + Ad Assignment
  2. Race, Immigration and Urban Politics Syllabus and Active Learning Assignment
  3. Identity Politics Syllabus and Essay Assignments


Educate’s #BLM resource collection is part of APSA’s Diversity and Inclusion Program initiative to amplify research and teaching on systemic racism and social justice.




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