Meet 2019 Carnegie Fellow Sally Nuamah, Duke University

The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program recognizes an exceptional group of both established and emerging scholars, journalists, and authors with the goal of strengthening U.S. democracy, driving technological and cultural creativity, exploring global connections and global ruptures, and improving both natural and human environments. 

How will the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program impact your research and overall career?

The program will allow me the funding and time necessary to begin a new project on a subject that I have been interested in for at least five years now. I have had practical experiences working with black women and girls at a halfway house in Chicago and I look forward to developing a deeper understanding of the social and political implications of their experiences.

(…)Get as many tools in my toolbox as possible. In other words, learn as many methods as you can and then once you identify a research question you can use the appropriate method to answer it (not the other way around).(…).

What research topics do you primarily focus on? How can people access your work?

My research sits at the intersections of race, gender, urban education politics and political behavior. Overall, I am interested in how citizens experiences with education policies shape their relationship with democracy. My work has been published or is forthcoming at the Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs and the American Education Research Journal. My website also has updates.

Do you have any advice for students in political science, including tips on how to find funding and support for research projects?

One of my mentors in graduate school, Traci Burch, always told me get as many tools in my toolbox as possible. In other words, learn as many methods as you can and then once you identify a research question you can use the appropriare method to answer it (not the other way around). Each school typically has a fellowship office/person that is a good to start the process. I would also ask mentors and peers what they recommend.

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