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Valeria Sinclair-Chapman

Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Director, Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, Purdue University

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Sinclair-Chapman's research focuses on American political institutions, legislative politics, minority representation in Congress, and minority political participation. Her research examines why and how previously marginalized groups gain inclusion in the American political system.

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Valeria Sinclair-Chapman quoted by Bryn Stole, "Rep. Richmond of New Orleans Faced Biggest Test as Black Caucus Leader in Downfall of Detroit Congressman" The Advocate, December 5, 2017.


"Leveraging Diversity in Political Science for Institutional and Disciplinary Change" PS: Political Science & Politics 48, no. 3 (2015): 454-458.

Discusses diversity in the discipline of political science.

"(De)Constructing Symbols: Charlottesville, the Confederate Flag, and a Case for Disrupting Symbolic Meaning" Politics, Groups, and Identities 6, no. 2 (2018): 316-323.

Argues that the Confederate flag is a symbol only distantly connected to its referent and is more informed by emotion than by details or facts. Uses the actions of rapper Kanye West as an abbreviated case study and proposes the possibility of disrupting symbolic meanings in ways that could make Confederate symbols less sticky in meaning and ownership, and perhaps less politically divisive.

"Diversity in Political Institutions and Congressional Responsiveness to Minority Interests" (with Michael D. Minta). Political Research Quarterly 66, no. 1 (2013): 127-140.

Advances a diversity infrastructure theory to explain why and how minority legislators have kept minority interests on the congressional agenda. Finds that despite the decline of national attention to civil rights and social welfare issues in general, increased diversity in the House and to a lesser extent, in the Senate is responsible for keeping minority interests on the congressional agenda.