Valeria Sinclair-Chapman

  • Director, Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion
    Director, Political Science Legislative Internships and Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Ph.D.  Ohio State University
    M.A.  Ohio State University
    B.A.  University of North Carolina-Asheville, with Honors

Department Information

Political Science // Faculty
African-American Studies // SIS // Affiliated Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: BRNG 2221
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-0422
  • Office Fax: (765) 494-0833
  • Office Hours: Spring 2017: W 2:30-4:00; by appointment
  • E-mail:
  • Courses

  • Spring 2017
    POL 403 - Field experience in Political Science
    POL 590 - Legislative Internship

    Fall 2016
    POL 101 - American Government & Politics
    POL 101-H - American Government & Politics-Honors

    Spring 2016
    POL 520 - Race, Ethnicity, and Representation
    POL 611 - Research Seminar: American Politics

    Fall 2015
    POL 101 - American Government & Politics

    Spring 2015
    POL 491 - Senior Seminar: Race, Class, Political Representation
    POL 611 - Research Seminar: American Politics

    Fall 2014
    Pol 101 - American Government & Politics
    POL 491 - Senior Seminar: Race, Class, Political Representation

    Spring 2014
    No Classes - On Leave

  • Specialization

  • American Politics
    Politics, Groups, and Identities

  • Valeria Sinclair-Chapman’s work focuses on American political institutions, legislative politics, minority representation in Congress, and minority political participation. Broadly construed, her research examines why and how previously marginalized groups gain inclusion in the American political system.  She is author or co-author of journal articles in the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics, Groups, and Identities, as well as several book chapters and an award-winning book, Countervailing Forces in African-American Political Activism, 1973-1994 (Cambridge University Press, 2006).  Her current research projects examine how legislators represent the interests of racial and ethnic minorities in Congress at various stages of the legislative process. Sinclair-Chapman is past president of the Women’s Caucus of the South in the Southern Political Science Association, and former co-president of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.  She teaches courses on Race and Ethnic Politics, African-American Politics, Political Representation, Black Political Leadership, Congress as an Institution, and Introduction to American Politics.


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