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Public Opinion, Racism and American Democracy

Public Opinion, Racism and American Democracy

Presented by the Roper Center & NYAAPOR

Join the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and the NYAAPOR for this co-sponsored webinar.

Public opinion research has revealed enduring fissures in the American polity heightened by recent events including the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and the crisis at the Mexican border. This panel will explore the interplay between attitudes about race and unequal political outcomes, discuss how racial resentment manifests in American politics and policymaking, and reflect about the potential for public opinion data to strengthen our democracy.


Lawrence D. Bobo, Dean of Social Science and the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University with appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Department of African and African American Studies. His research focuses on the intersection of social psychology, social inequality, politics, and race. Bobo is the recipient of the 2020 AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement and of the 2021 Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research.

Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Race and Ethnicity Research at Pew Research Center. He is an expert on issues of racial and ethnic identity, Latino politics and culture, the U.S. Hispanic and Asian American populations, global and domestic immigration, and the U.S. demographic landscape. Lopez was previously the Center’s director of Global Migration and Demography, and of Hispanic research. Lopez also coordinates the Center’s National Survey of Latinos, an annual nationwide survey of Hispanics.

Janelle Wong, Professor of American Studies, Government and Politics, and Asian American Studies at the University of Maryland. Her research is on race, immigration, and political mobilization and she has published groundbreaking work on Asian Americans’ political attitudes and behavior. Wong’s most recent book, “Immigrants, Evangelicals and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change,” was published in 2018.


Jennifer Agiesta, Director of Polling and Election Analytics at CNN. Agiesta produces all the network's polling and leads its Election Night decision team, and guides CNN's reporting on the use of polls. She works out of CNN's Washington DC bureau. She previously worked at The Associated Press, Washington Post, and the National Election Pool exit poll operation at Edison Research.

Nov 9, 2021

9:00 PM

Online webinar

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