Assistant Professor of Political Science
Areas of specialization include African-American political attitudes and behavior, race theory, Chicago politics, mass media and politics. Teaching areas include American government and politics, research methods, African-American politics, political dissent, and media and politics. She has published in such journals as the National Political Science Review and the Journal of Sports History. Dr. Smith recently completed a journal article entitled "News They Can't Use: Chicago Dailies Coverage of Corruption," which examines the media's framing of public corruption and its affect on citizens and voters. During the academic year 2011-2012, Dr. Davis worked with a group of JSU undergraduates on a research project that examines the strength of racial identity among Black students attending HBCUs and those attending predominantly white colleges and universities.
• "Roundtable: 'Ascribed Characteristics: How Race and Gender of the Professor Impacts Classroom Dynamics," Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA (January 2011).
• "Black Support for Racial Policies and the Double (Non-Consciousness) Thesis," with B. D'Andra Orey and Thomas Craemer. Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA (January 6-8, 2011).
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Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi 39217