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Jessica Lynn StewartAssistant Professor of African American Studies

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.