Alvin B. Tillery, Jr.
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy
- Scott Hall 302
- Office Hours: By appointment only
Research Interest(s): American Politics, Black Political Thought, Social Movements, Presidential Leadership, American Political Development
Program Area(s): American Politics
Regional Specialization(s): United States
Subfield Specialties: American Political Development; Race, Ethnicity and Politics
Alvin B. Tillery, Jr.'s research and teaching interests are in the fields of American politics and political theory. His research in American politics focuses on racial and ethnic politics, American political development, and social movements. His research in political theory focuses on American political thought and critical race theory. His book Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy and Black Leadership in America (Cornell University Press, 2011) won the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. His papers have appeared in American Political Science Review, Studies in American Political Development, Political Research Quarterly, and Journal of Black Studies, and several other journals.
Professor Tillery is the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy.
- Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy and Black Leadership in America (Cornell University Press, 2011).
- Bonilla, Tabitha, and Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., “Which Identity Frames Boost Support for and Mobilization in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement? An Experimental Test” American Political Science Review, 114 (4): 947-962.
- Tillery, Jr., Alvin B. “Tweeting Racial Representation: How the Congressional Black Caucus used Twitter during the 113th Congress.” Politics, Groups, and Identities, 9(2): 219-238.
- Tillery, Jr., Alvin B. “What Kind of Movement is Black Lives Matter? The View from Twitter.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics 4(2): 297-323.
- "Tocqueville as Critical Race Theorist: Whiteness as Property, Interest Convergence, and the Limits of Jacksonian Democracy." Political Science Quarterly 62 (2009): 639-652.
- "Model Blacks or 'Ras the Exhorter': A Quantitative Content Analysis of Black Newspapers’ Coverage of First Wave Afro-Caribbean Immigration to the United States." Journal of Black Studies 44 (2012): 798-828.
- PoliSci 220: Introduction to American Politics
- PoliSci 101: First Year Seminar: American Political Thought
- PoliSci 490: Race and American Political Thought