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Alvin B. Tillery Jr.

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of political science and African American studies
Director, Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy


Areas of Focus

  • American politics 
  • Race relations
  • Presidential leadership
  • Affirmative action and diversity policies
  • Social movements and protest politics
  • Immigration 


Tillery’s research and teaching interests are in the fields of American politics and political theory. His research in American politics focuses on presidential leadership, racial and ethnic politics and social movements. His research in political theory focuses on American political thought and critical race theory.


Tillery's 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 Studies in American Political Development, Political Research Quarterly and Journal of Black Studies. He is currently completing a book that examines African-American attitudes toward immigration between 1850 and 1965.