Ashley Jardina is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. She is also a fellow at the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) in their religion and renewing democracy initiative.
Her work focuses on racial attitudes, racial conflict, and the way in which group identities influence voting behavior and political preferences in the United States. Her research and commentary has been widely featured in outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Vox, 538, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and more.
Her book, White Identity Politics, published by Cambridge University Press, is available on Amazon.com. It is the 2020 winner of the American Political Science Association’s Robert E. Lane award for the best book published in political psychology. It was also a finalist for a PROSE award from the Association of American Publisher, which recognizes landmark work that has made significant advancements to fields of study.
Book description: Amidst discontent over America’s growing diversity, many white Americans now view the political world through the lens of a racial identity. Whiteness was once thought to be invisible because of whites’ dominant position and ability to claim the mainstream, but today a large portion of whites actively identify with their racial group and support policies and candidates that they view as protecting whites’ power and status. In White Identity Politics, Ashley Jardina offers a landmark analysis of emerging patterns of white identity and collective political behavior, drawing on sweeping data. Where past research on whites’ racial attitudes emphasized out-group hostility, Jardina brings into focus the significance of in-group identity and favoritism. White Identity Politics shows that disaffected whites are not just found among the working class; they make up a broad proportion of the American public—with profound implications for political behavior and the future of racial conflict in America.