Shah’s research examines the politics and policy consequences of racial and ethnic minority office holding, most often in cities and school districts. Her work addresses questions of where and when minority candidates run for office, when they win, and the policy outputs and relationships to constituents. Her current research agenda focuses on racial and ethnic candidate emergence and political ambition. She serves as an elected school board member in Shorewood, Wisconsin.
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Finds that fostering effective parent-school partnerships is facilitated by Latino representation in both governance (school boards) and school administration (principals and teachers). That is, Latino parents participate more in school activities and decision-making when there are Latino school administrators present, supporting previous theories of symbolic representation.