Jasmine Smith

Jasmine Smith is a Ph.D. student at Duke University where she studies behavior and identities, as well as race and ethnic politics. Her co-authored work has appeared in Politics, Groups, and Identities. Jasmine's work has been supported by the American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellowship Program, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics

Jasmine's work examines how Black American’s racial identity shapes political attitudes and behavior, and interactions with political institutions. Her dissertation project, “Electability Politics: How and Why Black Democrats Vote in Primary Elections” asks: How do Black Americans make voting decisions in primary elections? In the project, she states that Black Americans are highly strategic voters and vote for the candidate that is perceived to be the most electable. 

Jasmine holds a B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and was an APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Scholar. She continues to be involved with the Bunche program, serving as a graduate assistant, mentor, and teaching assistant. She also helped found the Merze Tate Society at Duke, a working group for underrepresented graduate students in political science.

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