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McCabe studies public opinion, political psychology, and policy feedback. Her research examines how individuals' social identities, personal experiences, and attitudes both shape and complicate how they engage in politics.
Examines the role of political ideology in shaping black voters’ evaluations of political candidates’ race and skin tone. Challenges simplistic notions of black preference for descriptive representation.
Suggests a disconnect between the racially polarized elections that produce black mayors and the governance that follows. Raises doubts about the potential of city elections to induce accountability, but points to criminal justice as one area where black mayors make a distinct impact on urban policy.