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Sydney L. Carr

PhD Candidate (ABD), University of Michigan

Department of Political Science & Ford School of Public Policy

Sydney L. Carr is a joint PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan in the Department of Political Science and the Ford School of Public Policy. Sydney earned her B.A. in political science from the University of Connecticut (2018) and M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan (2020).


Sydney's research has been funded by numerous prestigious fellowships including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the APSA Minority Fellowship Program, the Center for American Women & Politics Research Grant, and the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research Hanes Walton Jr. Fellowship, among others. Her work has been published in the National Review of Black Politics and is currently under review at other outlets.


Sydney's primary research interests include American political behavior, race, ethnicity, and politics, gender and politics, and political communication. Sydney's work grapples with the disadvantages faced by Black women political elites, the factors that influence voter support for minority candidates, as well as news media coverage of minority groups, among other topics.Her work is critical at a time when the political arena continues to grow more diverse across racial and gender lines than ever before. Further, Sydney remains committed to centering the experiences of marginalized political leaders within her work, and particularly those with intersecting identities.


Beyond research, Sydney has remained active in regard to DEI initiatives as a graduate student. She previously served as the President of SCOR (Students of Color Rackham)- an organization devoted to the well-being of graduate students of color at the University of Michigan. In her role as SCOR president, she was devoted to working toward improving the well-being of minority graduate students. To this end, she often worked closely with university administrators in order to ensure that the concerns of graduate students of color were met. As a faculty member, Sydney looks forward to continuing this important work to further DEI and anti-racist efforts at the institution level.


University of Michigan

Department of Political Science

Ford School of Public Policy

Ann Arbor, MI, 48109

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