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Sydney L. Carr, PhD

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Dr. Sydney L. Carr

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

College of the Holy Cross

Dr. Sydney L. Carr is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross. Dr. Carr received her PhD in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Michigan (2023). Dr. Carr previously received her B.A. in political science from the University of Connecticut (2018) and M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan (2020).


Dr. Carr'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.


Dr. Carr's primary research interests include American political behavior, race, ethnicity, and politics, gender and politics, and political communication. Her 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. This work is critical at a time when the political arena continues to grow more diverse across racial and gender lines than ever before. Further, Dr. Carr remains committed to centering the experiences of marginalized political leaders within her work, and particularly those with intersecting identities.


As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Dr. Carr was active in regard to DEI initiatives. 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, Dr. Carr continues this important work to further DEI and anti-racist efforts at the institution level.

For more information pertaining to Dr. Carr's CV, publications, as well as contact information for media and speaking engagements, please explore the website!


College of the Holy Cross

Department of Political Science

1 College Street

Worcester, MA, 01610

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