Scholar. Teacher.


A little about me:

I love research and teaching, but I am most passionate about bringing research to the classroom.  I always let the questions drive the data collection.


Andrea Benjamin earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2010. Her research interests include Race and Politics, Local Elections and Voting behavior, and Public Opinion. 

Her first book, Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections: Elite Cues and Cross-Ethnic Voting, explores the potential for Black and Latino Coalitions.  Using the Co-Ethnic Elite Cues Theory, the book shows that Blacks and Latinos rely on endorsements from co-ethnic leaders when casting their ballots.  This is especially true when race and ethnicity are salient in the campaign.  This book was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Dr. Benjamin is currently working on a project about Black and Latino coalitions in Durham, NC.

Andrea Benjamin is originally from Northern California and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis. 












Photos by Chavez Adams Photography (chavey_vision on IG).