Jessica Lynn Stewart is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Her research and teaching focuses on race, place, and political economy; particularly the ways socioeconomic context and race intersect to influence public opinion and policy preferences. Professor Stewart is the author of Regional Blackness: Diverging African American Views on Racial Progress and Government Assistance, which was published in the National Political Science Review. Her most recent publication, Moving Up, Out, and Across the Country: Regional Differences in Causes of Neighborhood Change and its Effect on African Americans appears in the edited volume, Black Politics in Transition. At present, she is working on a book project inspired by her dissertation. Tentatively titled, Race, Place, and Progress, it examines how geography and economic restructuring influences American racial progress in the post-Civil Rights Movement era. Professor Stewart is a graduate of Denison University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Health Systems Management and completed an administrative fellowship at Mayo Clinic before pursuing a doctorate. Professor Stewart earned her PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to arriving at Emory, she completed the Anna Julia Cooper Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Wake Forest University.