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Claudine Gay
Alma materPhillips Exeter Academy
Stanford University
Harvard University
OccupationProfessor, university administrator
Years active1998-present
EmployerHarvard University
TitleWilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African-American Studies
Edgerley Family Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences
RelativesRoxane Gay

Claudine Gay is a scholar of government and African-American studies as well as a university administrator. She serves as Harvard's Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African-American Studies, and Edgerley Family Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is vice president of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Gay's research addresses American political behavior, including voter turnout and politics of race and identity.

Early life and education

Gay grew up the child of Haitian immigrants to the United States; her parents met in New York as students (her mother studying nursing and her father engineering.)[1] Gay is a cousin of writer Roxane Gay.[1]

Gay spent much of her childhood first in New York, then in Saudi Arabia where her father worked for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.[2] Her mother was a registered nurse.[2] Gay attended Phillips Exeter Academy,[3] then studied economics at Stanford University, receiving the Anna Laura Myers Prize for best undergraduate thesis in economics.[2] She graduated in 1992.[2] Gay then earned her Ph.D. (1998) from Harvard, winning the university's Toppan Prize for best dissertation in political science.[4]


Gay served as assistant professor, then tenured associate professor in Stanford's Department of Political Science from 2000 to 2006.[2] In the 2003-2004 academic year, Gay was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.[2] She subsequently move to Harvard University and in July 2015, she became Dean of Social Science at Harvard University.[5] In July 2018, she was promoted to Edgerley Family Dean of Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, to assume the post August 15.[2]

Gay's research addresses American political behavior, politics of race and identity,[4] and voter turnout,[6] among other topics.

She is vice president of the Midwest Political Science Association.[7]

Since 2017, Gay has also served as a trustee of the Phillips Exeter Academy.[3]


  • 1998, with Katherine Tate. “Doubly Bound: The Impact of Gender and Race on the Politics of Black Women”. Political Psychology 19 (1).
  • 2001. “The Effect of Black Congressional Representation on Political Participation”. American Political Science Review 95 (3).
  • 2001. The Effect of Minority Districts and Minority Representation on Political Participation in California. San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California.
  • 2002. “Spirals of Trust? The Effect of Descriptive Representation on the Relationship Between Citizens and Their Government”. American Journal of Political Science 46 (4).
  • 2004. “Putting Race in Context: Identifying the Environmental Determinants of Black Racial Attitudes”. American Political Science Review 98 (4).
  • 2006. “Seeing Difference: The Effect of Economic Disparity on Black Attitudes Toward Latinos”. American Journal of Political Science 50 (4) : 997.
  • 2007. “Legislating Without Constraints: The Effect of Minority Districting on Legislators' Responsiveness to Constituency Preferences”. The Journal of Politics 69 (2) : 456.
  • 2012. “Moving to Opportunity: The Political Effects of a Housing Mobility Experiment”. Urban Affairs Review 48 (2) : 147-179.
  • 2013, ed. with Jacqueline Chattopadhyay, Jennifer Hochschild, Michael Jones-Correa. Outsiders No More? Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • 2014. “Knowledge Matters: Policy Cross-pressures and Black Partisanship”. Political Behavior 36 : 99-124.


  1. ^ a b ZamaMdoda (25 July 2018). "Meet the Haitian-American woman who's Harvard's new Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science | AFROPUNK". Afropunk. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Claudine Gay named Harvard FAS dean". Harvard Gazette. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  3. ^ a b "Meet Our Trustees | Phillips Exeter Academy". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  4. ^ a b Reuell, Peter (2015-04-28). "Claudine Gay named dean of social science". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  5. ^ "Claudine Gay Appointed Dean of Social Science at Harvard University". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  6. ^ Thernstrom, Abigail (April 6, 2010). "Redistricting, Race, and the Voting Rights Act". AEI. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  7. ^ Connley, Courtney (June 5, 2015). "Educator Claudine Gay Named Harvard's New Dean of Social Science". Black Enterprise. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
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