Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. A dynamic leader with more than 10 years of experience teaching and conducting research at the university level, Stokes-Brown has worked collaboratively in numerous capacities across the college community, demonstrating strong academic and administrative leadership, and a deep passion for liberal arts education. Prior to serving as Interim Associate Provost for Diversity, she served as Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. In her current role, she is responsible for advancing the University's diversity initiatives, and monitor and promote inclusiveness in the University's teaching and administrative endeavors.

Drawn to academia by the desire to give back and help build inclusive communities, Stokes-Brown received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master's in Political Science from Temple University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with bachelor degrees in Politics and Dance from Randolph-Macon Woman's College (currently known as Randolph College). Her teaching interests include American Politics, Racial/Ethnic Minority Political Behavior, Latino Politics, Women and Politics, Campaigns and Elections, and Congressional/State Politics.

Stokes-Brown has more than 15 publications broadly centered on the political incorporation of women and racial/ethnic groups into the American political system, and issues of representation. She is the author of The Politics of Race in Latino Communities: Walking the Color Line (Routledge, 2012, 2014) and her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Politics, American Politics Research, Politics and Policy, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, Social Science Quarterly, National Political Science Review, and Political Research Quarterly. She is also the author of several peer-reviewed book chapters.

A native of Philadelphia, PA and a graduate of the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA, Stokes-Brown resides in the Lewisburg area with her husband and four children.

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
  • POLS 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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