Andrea Benjamin

Andrea Benjamin
Assistant Professor
American Politics
203 Prof. Bldg.
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Andrea Benjamin earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2010. Originally from Northern California, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis. 
Follow her on Twitter at: @ProfBenjamin 


My research interests include Race and Politics, Urban and Local Elections, Voting Behavior, and Public Opinion. My first book, Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections: Elite Cues and Cross-Ethnic Voting, explores the potential for Black and Latino Coalitions. Using the Co-Ethnic Elite Cues Theory, the book shows that Blacks and Latinos rely on endorsements from co-ethnic leaders when casting their ballots. This is especially true when race and ethnicity are salient in the campaign. I am currently working on a project about progressive campaigns in local elections with a focus on politics in Durham, NC.