Lauren Davenport is an Associate Professor of Political Science. At Stanford, she is also affiliated with the Center for American Democracy; Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her general research interests include American politics, public opinion, and race and ethnicity. In particular, her work centers around how racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. develop their identities and political attachments. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, Journal of Politics, Annual Review of Political Science, and Public Opinion Quarterly, and has been featured in national media outlets including CNN, Time magazine, NBC News, and National Public Radio. Her award-winning book, Politics Beyond Black and White (Cambridge University Press, 2018), assesses how social, historical, and economic processes help construct multiracial Americans' identities and political outlook. Her ongoing research projects examine the fluidity of racial identification, the policy ramifications of multiple-race identification and interracial couples, and minority responsiveness to racial cues.

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Political Science (2018 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science, Stanford University (2012 - 2018)

Honors & Awards

  • Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Faculty Fellow, Stanford University (2013 - 2014)
  • Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Faculty Fellow, Stanford University (2013 - 2014)
  • Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars, Princeton University (2010 - 2011)
  • University President’s Fellowship, Princeton University (2006 - 2011)

Professional Education

  • Ph.D., Princeton University, Politics
  • M.A., Princeton University, Politics
  • B.A., University of Michigan, Political Science, French and Francophone Studies

2020-21 Courses

Stanford Advisees

  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Rachel Lienesch
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Emerald Fikejs, Jamal Johnson, Chenoa Yorgason

All Publications