The Identity, Community, and Participation working group focuses on how identity and community influence political participation in the United States. Identity –nationality, race, gender, class–has been used to define the limits of acceptable political participation throughout our country’s history, while communities are a key locus of both political engagement and citizen-state interactions. Questions about how these variables interact are therefore long-standing.

The group will revisit this topic in a historical moment defined by explicit race-and ethnicity-based political appeals, debates over the relationship between gender and power, evidence that the political preferences of the poor go unheard in the political system, and demonstrations originating in communities around the country. 

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Working Group Chair

Claudine Gay
Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and American Studies and Dean of Social Science, Harvard University


Hahrie Han
Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dara Strolovitch
Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Affiliated Faculty, Princeton University

Richard Yeselson
Contributing Editor, Dissent Magazine

The following contributors have also supported the mission of the working group:
Elisabeth Clemens (University of Chicago), Cathy Cohen (University of Chicago), Katherine J. Cramer (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt University), Mickey Edwards (Aspen Institute), Archon Fung (Harvard University), Marc J. Hetherington (Vanderbilt University), Alexander Keyssar (Harvard University), Amy Lerman (University of California, Berkeley)