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Zoe Walker

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About me

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan. My dissertation examines how the American Dream distorts Black Americans' perceptions of racial inequality and alters their redistributive policy preferences. I am broadly interested in Black politics, racial ideologies, and the downstream effects of structural racism on political attitudes in the mass public. 


My research has been supported by numerous grants and awards including the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (Ford Predoctoral Fellowship), the American Political Science Association (Minority Fellowship), and the Russell Sage Foundation (Dissertation Grant)


I am originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. I earned my B.A. in political science and English from the University of Notre Dame in 2019. In addition to my research, I actively promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice as  Vice President of Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR) at the University of Michigan. 

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