Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow, 2015-2016

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A., Temple University
  • B.A., Randolph College (formerly known as Randolph-Macon Woman's College)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • American politics
  • race/ethnicity
  • gender
  • campaigns and elections
  • state politics

Courses Offered

  • POLS 140: American Politics
  • POL 236: Campaigns and Election
  • POLS 238/WMST 238: Women and Politics
  • POLS 239: Latino Politics in the United States
  • POLS 246: Race, Ethnicity, and American Politics
  • POLS 294: Dance, Performance, and the Political Body
  • POLS 371: Minority Politics

Selected Publications


Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. The Politics of Race in Latino Communities: Walking the Color Line. Routledge. (Hardback 2012, Paperback 2014).

Latinos are the fastest growing population group in the U.S. and have exerted widespread influence in numerous aspects of American culture from entertainment to economics. Unlike Asians, African Americans, Whites, and Native Americans who are defined by race, Latinos can be of any race and are beginning to shed new light on the meanings and political implications of race. As the Latino population grows, how will Latinos come to define themselves racially given the long standing social order of black and white? What are the political implications of their chosen racial identities? How does Latinos’ racial identity influence their political behavior and motivation for participation?

The Politics of Race in Latino Communities: Walking the Color Line is an innovative examination of development and political consequences of Latino racial identity in the U.S. Drawing on a national political survey of Latinos and focus group interviews, the book shows that development of Latino racial identity is a complex interaction between primordial ties, institutional practices, individual characteristics, and social interactions. Furthermore, The Politics of Race in Latino Communities highlights the political relevance of identity, showing that racial identity has meaningful consequences for the political attitudes, opinions, and behaviors of Latinos.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. 2012. “America’s Shifting Color Line? Reexamining Determinants of Latino Racial Self Identification.” Social Science Quarterly 93: 309-332.

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai and Kathleen Dolan. 2010. “Race, Gender, and Symbolic Representation: African American Female Candidates as Mobilizing Agents.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 20: 473-494.

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. 2009. “The Hidden Politics of Identity: Racial Self Identification and Latino Political Engagement.” Politics and Policy 37: 1281-1305.

Lay, J. Celeste and Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown. 2009. “Put to the Test: Racial and Socioeconomic Differences in Support for High-Stakes Testing,” American Politics Research 37: 429-448.

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai and Melissa Neal. 2008. “Give ‘Em Something to Talk About: The Influence of Female Candidates’ Campaign Issues on Political Proselytizing.” Politics and Policy 36: 32-59.

Herrnson, Paul S., Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown, and Matthew Hindman. 2007. “Campaign Politics and the Digital Divide: Constituency Characteristics, Strategic Considerations, and Candidate Internet Use in State Legislative Elections.” Political Research Quarterly 60: 31-42.

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. 2007. “Deracialization and White Crossover Voting in State Legislative Elections.” National Political Science Review 11: 309-324.

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. 2006. “Racial Identity and Latino Vote Choice.” American Politics Research 34: 627-652.

Stokes, Atiya Kai. 2003. “Latino Group Consciousness and Political Participation.” American Politics Research 31: 361-378.

Herrnson, Paul S., J. Celeste Lay, and Atiya Kai Stokes. 2003. “Women Running ‘as Women’: Candidate Gender, Campaign Issues and Voter Targeting Strategies. Journal of Politics 65: 244-255.

Book Chapters

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. Forthcoming 2015. “Minority Candidates and the Changing Landscape of Campaigns.” in Richard J. Semiatin, ed., Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, 3 rd edition. CQ Press.

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. 2014. “Race and Latino Public Opinion: Evidence from the 2006 Latino National Survey”, in Tony Affigne, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, and Marion Orr, eds. En Ciencia Política: The Scientific Analysis of Latino Politics in the United States. New York University Press.

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai. 2012. “Minority Candidates and the Changing Landscape of Campaigns.” in Richard J. Semiatin, ed., Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, 2 nd edition. CQ Press.

Stokes-Brown, Atiya Kai and Melissa Neal. 2008. “Does ‘Running as a Woman’ Mobilize Voters?” in Beth Reingold, ed., Legislative Women: Getting Elected, Getting Ahead. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008, 101-114.

Herrnson, Paul S. and Atiya Kai Stokes. 2002. “‘Minority Views’ on Campaign Reform and Ethics”, in Ronald A. Faucheux and Paul S. Herrnson, eds., Campaign Battle Lines: The Practical Consequences of Crossing the Line Between What’s Right and What’s Not in Political Campaigning.Washington D.C.: Campaign and Elections Publishing Co., 296-303.


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