Dr. Shayla C. Nunnally

Associate Professor, Political Science and Africana Studies Institute
University of Connecticut

Shayla C. Nunnally is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Political Science and Africana Studies Institute. Dr. Nunnally is a summa cum laude graduate from North Carolina Central University.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at Duke University, and she completed her dissertation as an Erskine A. Peters Fellow in the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame.  She specializes in public opinion and political behavior, race and politics, African American public opinion and political behavior, and black political development. Her research interests include political socialization, racial socialization, trust, intergroup relations and attitudes, social capital, and collective memory.

With funding from a University of Connecticut large faculty grant, she is the principal investigator of a national survey on intergroup attitudes. She is also a research team member with the National Conference of Black Political Scientists for the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (2008 and 2010, Tyson King-Meadows, Principal Investigator) and with the research group for the study of black, white, and Latino political attitudes in the New South (Paula D. McClain, Principal Investigator). Her research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Black Studies, the Du Bois Review, the Journal of African American Studies, and several encyclopedias and edited volumes. She also has a book with New York University Press, Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics (2012), wherein she analyzes black Americans’ public opinion about race, political trust, social trust, and racial trust.

Her current research focuses on the transmission of memory across generations and communities of black Americans and what this transmission means for cultural trauma, group remembrance, group politics, and institution-building. She was awarded the 2009 Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Outstanding Community Service by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Additionally, in 2009, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Professionals Member for the Eastern Region of the National Urban League. She also was a finalist for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Media Advocacy’s “2011 HBCU Alumnus/a Award.” Dr. Nunnally teaches courses in race and politics and African American politics.