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Riley, Emmitt Y., Ph.D. - Faculty Bio

Riley, Emmitt Y., Ph.D.




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Political Science, Asbury Hall, Room 103
Greencastle, IN

Africana Studies 

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies


Ph.D., Political Science, The University of Mississippi, 

Subfields: American Politics and International Relations


M.A., Political Science, The University of Mississippi, 

Subfields: American Political Institutions and International Relations 


M.A., Political Science, Jackson State University, 

Subfields: African American Politics and Political Theory  


B.A., Political Science, Mississippi Valley State University, 2008 


B.A., English Literature, Mississippi Valley State University, 2008



AFST 197 A More Perfect Union 

POLS 110 American National Government/ Race, Power, and Privilege

POLS 323 The Politics of Race 

POLS/ AFST 290 Identity Politics 

AFST 100 Introduction to Africana Studies 

POLS 316 Legislative Process 




Peer Reviewed Research Articles 


Riley. Emmitt and Peterson, Clarissa. 2019. "Economic Anxiety or Racial Predispositions? Explaining White Support for Donald Trump." Journal of Race & Policy 14: (1) 5-24. 


Riley, Emmitt and Peterson, Clarissa. 2019. "Explaining the Impact of Black Political Representation on Racial Resentment in Majority Black Congressional Districts. Journal of Black Studies 50: (7) 1-22.


Riley, Emmitt and Peterson, Clarissa. 2020. Black and Blue:  How Racial Attitudes and Ideology Impact Feelings Towards Black Lives Matters. Targeted Journal:  National Review of Black Politics.  


Riley, Emmitt and Peterson, Clarissa .2020 "Minority Legislators, Majority Views: Race, Partisanship, and Congressional Job Approval" Targeted Journal:  Legislative Quarterly - In Progress 


Riley, Emmitt.2020.  "Racializing Impeachment: Donald Trump's Inditement and White Racial Attitudes."  Targeted Journal: Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. 


Book Chapters 


Sisters in the Mayor's Seat: The Elections and Representational Styles of African American Female Mayor's in the Mississippi Delta.  Black Girl Political Magic: Elections and Governance.  2020. Edited by Sharon W. Austin (In Progress).


For the Culture: Explaining the Electoral Success of African American Incumbents. Reexamining Blackness in America: The African American Experience: From Slavery to Liberation. 2020. (Eds.) Joshua D. Farrington, Gwendolyn Graham, and Normal Powel.  


Peterson, Clarissa and Riley, Emmitt. The Great Divider: President Obama's Influence on Trust in Government and Racial Attitudesin How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape.  2017. (Eds.) Larry J. Walker, F. Erik Brooks and Ramon Goings.