Racial Resentment in the Political Mind

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Thursday, January 27, 2022 • 4:00pm–5:00pm 
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“I’m not a racist, but…” 

In their new book, Racial Resentment in the Political Mind (University of Chicago Press), Goldman School Dean David C. Wilson and Notre Dame Professor of Political Science Darren Davis explore the concept of racial resentment. They argue that while prejudice and racism are fundamentally  rooted in American politics, so are non-racial motivations, such as a belief in a “just” world, where people get what they deserve and deserve what they get. This instinct to make judgments about “deservingness” in politics often animates those who believe they are “not racist,” but tend to oppose policies and ideas that advance racial justice, and blame racial-ethnic minorities for their social, political, and economic positions. 

Join Dean Wilson and Professor Davis in conversation with Dan Mogulof, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs, about their research findings and why a nuanced conversation about race is critical to democracy. 

About the Speakers

David C Wilson

David C. Wilson is the dean of the Goldman School and Professor of Public Policy. Wilson’s research examines how individuals formulate their political preferences about race and justice, and how social cognition shapes broader survey response behaviors. His research is published widely in areas of inquiry that include the application of double-standards in evaluating racial groups and related policy issues, attitudes toward voter identification laws and electoral malfeasance, blame attributions toward elected leaders and political groups, and how diversity culture and climate affect organizational employee engagement. 

Darren Davis

Darren Davis is the Snyder Family Mission Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science. Professor Davis’s research interests include most areas in public opinion and political behavior. A unifying theme running through much of his research is a concern for identifying the social psychological motivations underlying political attitudes and behavior. This approach has been applied to specific research areas, including political tolerance, implicit racial attitudes, the role of threat and anxiety in political behavior, public reactions to terrorism, social desirability, the measurement of political and social attitudes, racism and racial politics, and the political behavior of African Americans.

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