Valeria Sinclair-Chapman is Associate Professor of Political Science at Purdue University. Her research focuses on American political institutions, legislative politics, minority representation in Congress, and minority political participation, examining why and how previously marginalized groups gain inclusion in the American political system. She is author or co-author of journal articles in the Journal of Politics; Electoral Studies; Political Research Quarterly; and Politics, Groups, and Identities, as well as several book chapters and the award-winning Countervailing Forces in African-American Political Activism, 1973-1994 (Cambridge University Press 2006). She is co-lead editor of Politics, Gender, and Identities; past president of the Women’s Caucus of the South in the Southern Political Science Association; and former co-president of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She is also a member of the Councils of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Western Political Science Association.