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Eric McDaniel

Faculty Research Associate Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Associate Professor of Government
Eric McDaniel

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Biography

Professor McDaniel specializes in American politics. His research areas include religion and politics, Black politics and public policy. His work focuses on the connection between ordinary citizens and policy. Specifically, he is concerned with how citizens use their existing institutions to shape policy and how citizens develop attitudes towards policy. His book, Politics in the Pews: The Political Mobilization of Black Churches; examines the factors that lead apolitical institutions, such as churches, to become politically engaged. His current work focuses on how beliefs, institutions and social context influence policy preferences. One project examines how religious belief systems impact political and social decision-making. Another project explores public support for government intervention in health epidemics. His most recent research project examines how political mobilization and minority representation influences health disparities.

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