Harwood McClerking

Visiting Scholar


Visiting Scholar, Center for Political Studies


Ph.D. 2001 University of Michigan (Political Science)


Harwood McClerking’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–763–1348
Fax: 734–764–3341
Email: harwood@umich.edu

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The general focus of my research concerns the dynamics of group membership and its political relevance. I believe that many social phenomena can be traced to the effects of group membership, both for those who consider themselves members of certain groups and for those who consider that others belong to certain groups. Thus, I spend my research energies trying to comprehend intragroup and intergroup dynamics. Intragroup dynamics speaks to those who feel as though they are members of certain groups and the resulting politics among group members. Intergroup dynamics speaks to the interaction of different groups and the resulting political efforts between those groups and individual members. Although these two arenas (intragroup vs. intergroup) are logically separable, they tend to be intertwined in many social, political/legal, and economic circumstances. This compels the analyst to attempt a more fully-fleshed account of how these two major dynamics affect the situation under examination.

Selected publications. Please also see Harwood McClerking’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)...

McClerking, Harwood K. 2008. Racial and Ethnic Gaps. In Beyond Red State, Blue State: Electoral Gaps in the Twenty-First Century American Electorate, eds. Laura R. Olson and John C. Green. Prentice Hall.

McClerking, Harwood K. and Tasha S. Philpot. 2008. Struggling to be Noticed: The Civil Rights Movement as an Academic Agenda Setter. PS: Political Science & Politics 41: 813-817.

Nelson, Thomas E., Kira Sanbonmatsu, and Harwood K. McClerking. 2007. Playing a Different Race Card: Examining the Limits of Elite Influence on Perceptions of Racism. Journal of Politics 69: 416-429.

McClerking, Harwood K. and Eric L. McDaniel. 2005. Belonging and Doing: Membership in Black Political Churches and Political Participation. Political Psychology 26: 721-733.

Hutchings, Vincent L., Harwood K. McClerking, and Guy-Uriel Charles. 2004. Congressional Representation of Black Interests: Recognizing the Importance of Stability. Journal of Politics 66: 450-468.