Prof. Vincent Hutchings: “Whitewashing — How Obama Used Implicit Racial Cues as a Defense Against Political Rumors”

  • Friday, February 1, 2019 • 2:30 pm
  • Seigle Hall, Room 248, Harry and Susan Seigle Hall

The Political Science Department Speaker Series will be hosting a talk by Professor Vincent Hutchings on February 1st. Vince is one of the world’s leading experts in Political Science and especially Race & Ethnic Politics in the United States. Hutchings is a professor at the University of Michigan, where he also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.  He is a Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recent PI for the American National Election Study, and the most-recent president of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Hutchings’ research interests include public opinion, elections, voting behavior, and African American politics, including how the size of the African American constituency in congressional districts can influence legislative responsiveness to Black interests and the ways that campaign communications can “prime” various group identities and subsequently affect candidate evaluations. Vincent’s talk is titled “Whitewashing: How Obama Used Implicit Racial Cues as a Defense Against Political Rumors.”

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