Cathy Cohen, Principal Investigator/Founder

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. She has served as the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and is the former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Cohen is the author of two books: Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press 2010) and The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press 1999), and co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (New York University 1997).

Cathy’s work has been published in numerous journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, GLQ, NOMOS, and Social Text. Her general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African-American politics, women and politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements. She is also the founder and Director of the Black Youth Project.

Margaret Brower, Graduate Research Assistant

Margaret Brower is a PhD student studying American and Comparative politics at the University of Chicago. She is also a UChicago Urban fellow. She has a Master of Arts degree in higher education and public policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and education from Colgate University. Prior to joining the program at the University of Chicago, she led a series of qualitative and qualitative research projects at the the National Forum for Higher Education and the Public Good and the Institute for Higher Education and Democracy (IDHE) focused on urban challenges, participatory action, policy feedback, immigration, college student voting, and youth political development. At the University of Chicago, as a student and as a researcher for GenForward, she focuses on the political socialization of young people, especially youth of color, and the ways in which urban settings contextualize and shape this experience.

Jordie Davies, Graduate Research Assistant

Jordie Davies is a second year doctoral student at the University of Chicago, studying American Politics and Political Theory. Her research interests include black politics, social movements, and political participation. Jordie is interested organizational alliances in the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the ways new media enables marginalized groups to become involved in politics and public discourses.

Jordie also enjoys writing about public policy. She has worked as a K-12 Education Policy Intern at The Century Foundation and is currently a Graduate Fellow at the Black Youth Project.

Jordie received a BA in Political Science from Emory University, in Atlanta, GA, with a minor in Educational Studies.

Alfredo Gonzalez, Graduate Research Assistant

Alfredo Gonzalez is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His dissertation entitled, “Other than Honorable: The Decline of Citizenship for Service,” explores the development of granting legal citizenship in exchange for military service at the turn of the 20th century, focusing specifically on Mexican nationals post-WWII. Alfredo’s research interests are located in the intersection of American political development, immigration, naturalization, social movements and citizenship studies. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Jenn M. Jackson, Graduate Research Assistant

Jenn M. Jackson entered the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago in 2014. Her research focuses news media frames and public opinion of young Americans, social movements, the politics of the public sphere, and shifting notions of political participation and engagement. Specifically, Jackson’s dissertation project is a multi-methodological investigation of the new social movement groups and their influence on public discourse.

Jackson is a highly sought after writer and editor. She is currently the Managing Editor of BlackYouthProject.com. She also teaches research methods and Black Politics.

Jackson received her BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2007 before completing a MA in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton in 2011.

David J. Knight, Graduate Research Assistant

David J. Knight is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Before coming to Chicago, David was a certified high school teacher in San Francisco and Boston. This experience teaching and working in urban communities profoundly informs his research. David is particularly interested in demographic change, urban politics, intergroup coalition building, and the political lives of urban young people. A native of the New Orleans area, David received his AB in history from Dartmouth, trained as a teacher at Stanford, and began his research career as a master’s student at Harvard.

Matt Luttig, Postdoctoral Scholar

Matthew D. Luttig is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota in January, 2016. His research examines the origins of political extremism, the politics of race and ethnicity, and economic inequality in American politics. He has published articles in American Politics Research, Political Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Politics, Groups, and Identities.

Jon Rogowski, Research Director

Jon Rogowski is an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His work focuses broadly on American politics, with specific research and teaching interests in electoral politics and American political institutions. Jon is coauthor (with William Howell and Saul Jackman) of The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat. His work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science. His current research projects focus on executive branch politics and the presidency in the contemporary and historical periods. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, Jon was an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jon has received the E.E. Schattschneider Award and the William H. Riker Award from the American Political Science Association. In 2014, Jon was recognized by Washington University in St. Louis as the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year.