Associate professor of political science; director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy
Tillery's research and teaching interests are in the fields of American politics and political theory. His research focuses on American political development, racial and ethnic politics and media and politics.
“The reality is that African-Americans continue to have unequal life chances more than 50 years after the Kerner Commission proclaimed America to be ‘Two nations, one white, one black— separate and unequal.’
“The sad thing is that we are fully capable of fixing these inequalities, but we lack the political will to do it. Indeed, the Republican Party’s entire strategy for holding power is predicated on exploiting false narratives about how these inequalities came to be in order to appeal to their base voters, many of whom demonstrate very high levels of racial resentment. It will take some deep soul searching on the part of our leaders in both parties if we are going to prevent the next national crisis from replicating the tragedy that is playing out before our eyes during this pandemic.”