Taneisha N. Means Assistant Professor of Political Science on the Class of 1951 Chair
- BA, John Carroll University; MA, PhD, Duke University
- At Vassar since 2016
Research and Academic Interests
- POLI 140 American Politics: Groups, Political Movements, and Revolutions
- POLI 234 Media and Politics
- POLI 245 Courts, Judges, and American Judicial Politics
- AFRS/POLI 248 Racial and Ethnic Group Politics in Popular Culture
- AFRS/POLI 346 Race and Gender in Judicial Politics
Ayee, Gloria Y.A., Jessica D. Johnson Carew, Taneisha N. Means, Alicia M. Reyes-Barrientez, and Nura A. Sediqe. (Accepted; Forthcoming in Politics & Gender). “White House, Black Mother: Michelle Obama and the Politics of Black Motherhood.”
Means, Taneisha N., Kaitlin Prado, and Andrew Eslich. (Accepted; Forthcoming). “Judicial Diversity and Lawmaking in the Federal Judiciary.” In Lee D. Walker and Susan Sterett (Eds.), Law and Courts. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Cramer, Renee Ann, Nikol G. Alexander Floyd, and Taneisha N. Means. (2018). “Balance is a Fallacy: Striving for and Supporting a Life with Integrity.” PS: Political Science & Politics.
McClain, Paula D., Gloria Y. Ayee, Taneisha N. Means, Alicia Reyes-Barrientez, and Nura Sedique. (2016). “Race, Power, and Knowledge: Tracing the Roots of Exclusion in the Development of Political Science in the United States.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 4(3): 467-482.
Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards
Selected Fellowships, Honors, and Awards since 2017:
Class of 1951 Endowed Assistant Professorship 2018-Present
Research Award ($1,000), Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement 2018
SRI Fellow, Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network’s Summer Research Institute (SRI) at
Rutgers University-Newark 2018
Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement Scholar, Duke University 2017-2019
Selected grants since 2017:
Law and Social Sciences Conference Award #1916630 (Pending), National Science Foundation 2019
Law and Social Sciences Research Grant #1825102 ($149,731), National Science Foundation 2018
Ford Scholars Program Grant ($1,750), Vassar College 2018
Centennial Grant for Supplemental Research Support ($2,500), American Political Science Association 2017Congressional Research Grant ($3,500), The Dirksen Congressional Center 2017
In the Media
Five Faculty Members Receive Endowed Chairs
Prof. of Psychological Science Abigail Baird, Assistant Prof. of Political Science Taneisha Means, Prof. of Art Molly Nesbit, Prof. of Philosophy Bryan Van Norden and Associate Director of the Vassar Library for Special Collections Ronald Patkus were named recipients of endowed chairs this fall.
Black Judges and the U.S. Judiciary
Assistant Political Science Prof. Taneisha Means and Ford Scholar Kaitlin Prado ’19 aim to survey black judges across the U.S. to assess their experiences in and perspectives on the judicial system.