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Jessica Lynn StewartAssistant Professor (African American Studies) and Graduate Faculty of Emory Sociology


  • PhD in Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2018
  • MS in Health Systems Management, Rush University Medical Center, 2009
  • BA in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics, Dennison University, 2007


Jessica Lynn Stewart is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Her research and teaching focuses on race, place, and political economy; particularly the ways socioeconomic context and race intersect to influence public opinion and policy preferences. Professor Stewart is the author of "Regional Blackness: Diverging African American Views on Racial Progress and Government Assistance," which was published in the National Political Science Review. Another publication, "Moving Up, Out, and Across the Country: Regional Differences in Causes of Neighborhood Change and its Effect on African Americans" appears in the edited volume, Black Politics in Transition.

At present, she is working on a book project inspired by her dissertation. Tentatively titled, Race, Place, and Progress, it examines how geography and economic restructuring influences American racial progress in the post-Civil Rights Movement era. Professor Stewart is a graduate of Dennison University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Health Systems Management and completed an administrative fellowship at Mayo Clinic before pursuing a doctorate.

Professor Stewart earned her PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to arriving at Emory, she completed the Anna Julia Cooper Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Wake Forest University.