Dianne Pinderhughes, Ph.D.

Notre Dame Presidential Faculty Fellow
Department of Africana Studies
University of Notre Dame

Dianne Pinderhughes is a professor of Africana Studies and political science at the University of Notre Dame. Before Notre Dame, Pinderhughes taught at Dartmouth College and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching focuses on racial and ethnic politics in the U.S., voting rights policy, and American urban politics. Pinderhughes’ research addresses issues of inequality with a focus on racial and ethnic politics and public policy, explores the creation of American civil society institutions in the twentieth century, and analyzes their influence on the formation of voting rights policy.

Her publications include her book, Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics: A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory. In a current study, Pinderhughes also examines the intersection of race and gender in American electoral representation, the Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project.

Pinderhughes recently served as the president of the American Political Science Association from 2007 to 2008. She holds a B.A. from Albertus Magnus College along with an M.A. and a Ph.D., both in political science, from the University of Chicago.