Cathy Cohen, Principal Investigator/Founder

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and former 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 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 doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago, studying American political behavior. She is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the GenForward Survey of Millennials.

Jordie’s research interests include Black politics, social movements, political participation, and political communication. Specifically, she focuses on the influence of social movements and new media on political attitudes and participation. For GenForward, Davies does work on the Movement for Black Lives and on the politics of racial redress (with Jenn Jackson and David Knight), considering millennial understandings of structural racism and potential forms of justice.

Davies 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 at 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, an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

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.

Matthew Fowler, Postdoctoral Scholar

Matthew Fowler is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University in August 2017. His research examines the politics of race and ethnicity, political polarization, and ideology in American politics. He has published articles in PS: Political Science & Politics, American Review of Politics, and Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.

Vladimir Enrique Medenica, Postdoctoral Scholar

Vladimir Enrique Medenica received his PhD in Politics and Social Policy from Princeton University and is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. Vladimir’s broad research interests lie at the intersection of political psychology, identity politics, social inequality, and public opinion/behavior.  Using experimental and survey methods, Vladimir’s work investigates the ways in which minority groups effectively appeal to majorities and generate support for marginalized interests. He is a recipient of the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, the American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellowship, and the Woodrow Wilson School’s Marion Levy Fellowship in Social Policy. Vladimir is a native Californian and received his BA in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Southern California (USC).

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.

Anthony Santa Maria, Digital Media Coordinator

Anthony Santa Maria is a current MA student at the University of Chicago in the Committee for International Relations. His research interests focus on the convivialities between global health securitization, HIV humanitarianism, sexual moralism, racist ideology, and US neoimperialism. Prior to his MA studies he worked in DC as a Communications Associate for The AIDS Institute, a domestic HIV and health policy organization, and served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi. He received his BA at Cornell University in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Economics.