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Taneisha N. Means Assistant Professor of Political Science on the Class of 1951 Chair

Taneisha N. Means, Assistant Professor: BA, John Carroll University; MA and PhD, Duke University. Her research and teaching interests are in Racial and Ethnic Politics, Judicial Politics, and American Political Behavior and Identities. She combines both qualitative and quantitative methods to answer research questions at the intersection of race and judicial politics. Her current research projects examine the political identities and behaviors of 21st century black US judges.

  • BA, John Carroll University; MA, PhD, Duke University
  • At Vassar since 2016


Research and Academic Interests

  • Racial and Ethnic Politics
  • Judicial Politics
  • American Political Behavior and Identities

Departments and Programs


  • AFRS/POLI 248 Racial and Ethnic Group Politics in Popular Culture


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