Purdue University College of Liberal Art

Valeria Sinclair-Chapman

Please join me in congratulating Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, for her selection to the Research Refresh (R2)program by the Office of the Provost.

The competitive program provides time for associate or full professors who would benefit from intense focus to advance their scholarship. R2 program participants are expected “to submit at least one external grant proposal, submit a scholarly work for publication, organize creative activities, or produce another deliverable within the first six months following completion of their R2 project.”

Valeria’s project examines whether and how diverse political coalitions maintain their ties in the face of identity-based disputes and the implications of diverse coalitions to improve political participation. She will focus especially on the “fusion politics” approach championed by North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement.

This project relies on a mixed-method approach to assess the capacity and reach of fusion politics as a means to organize people across ordinary lines of difference including race, gender, and sexuality, as well as party and ideological divides. The crux of the project will rely on individual interviews and participant observation with various N.C. Moral Mondays activists, organizations, and meetings.

Congratulations, Dr. Chapman!

David's Signature

David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts