Paula D. McClain, Director RBSI

032411c_mcclain010Paula D. McClain is professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.   She is also Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education.  A Howard University PhD, her primary research interests are in racial minority group politics, particularly inter-minority political and social competition, and urban politics.  Her most recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, and The DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race. Westview Press published the sixth edition of her book, “Can We All Get Along?”: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics, coauthored with Joseph Stewart, Jr. in 2013. The second edition of her most recent book,  American Government in Black and White, co-authored with Steven C. Tauber was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press.  She is president-elect of the Midwest Political Science Association,  a past president of the Southern Political Science Association, a past president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, a past vice president of the American Political Science Association, served as Program Co-Chair for the 1993 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, served as Program Chair for the 1999 annual meeting of Midwest Political Science Association, and served as Program Co-Chair of the 2003 International Political Science Association World Congress to be held in Durban, South Africa. She also served on the Advisory Committee of the Directorate of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation, and served on the Board of Overseers for the American National Election Study (2008 and 2012).  She is also Director of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, and served as Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (2004-2013).  McClain is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, having been elected in 2014.