Dianne Pinderhughes

Dianne Pinderhughes

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Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies

Office: 441 Decio Hall
Phone: 574-631-3676
Email: Pinderhughes.1@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

Racial, ethnic and urban politics, voting rights policy

Pinderhughes studies inequality with a focus on racial and ethnic politics and public policy. She is the author of “Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics: A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory” and co-author of “Uneven Roads: An Introduction to US Racial and Ethnic Politics,” as well as numerous articles, including several for the National Urban League’s “State of Black America” and book chapters addressing issues of race, public policy and electoral politics. She also is interested in the creation of American civil society institutions in the 20th century and is analyzing their influence on voting rights policy. Pinderhughes is chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Notre Dame, the first vice president of the International Political Science Association, the former president of the American Political Science Association and a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.


Race and the Presidential Election

Barack Obama and the Black Vote


Nation’s first black president should not bear full responsibility for shaping minority policy agenda


Voting for a better society
Political scientist examines legislative diversity in new study
Pinderhughes insists on the best of both worlds


Inside Higher Ed — Diversity in Political Science
Inside Higher Ed—‘Ill-Equipped’ Political Science
AFRO — Obama, NAACP Caught by Race Bait
WBEZ, Chicago — Obama’s Responsibilities as First Black President