Elite Communications and Racial Group Conflict in the 21st Century

In the past few decades, the racial and ethnic composition of the United States has undergone dramatic changes. This project studies the ways that co-ethnic political elites and interest group leaders can shape the attitudes that African Americans, Latinos, and Whites have about one another. The data were collected through two survey experiments embedded in a nationally representative Internet survey. The study tests, and in some cases modifies, several theories concerning racial attitudes and identity politics in the fields of political science, sociology, social psychology, and communication studies.


Vincent Hutchings, Center for Political Studies (PI); Hanes Walton, Center for Political Studies (Co-PI); Robert Mickey, Center for Political Studies (Co-PI);

American National Science Foundation (NSF)

Project Period
September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2011