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Hakeem J. Jefferson

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Hakeem J. Jefferson

Assistant Professor of Political Science


I am an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University. My research interests move at the intersection of American politics and social psychology. In particular, my current work examines the conditions under which members of stigmatized groups punish group members who transgress social norms. Moving beyond a study of identity that centers largely on the attitudes and predilections of dominant social groups, my work explores the psychological and instrumental considerations stigmatized individuals bring to bear in response to “bad” (negatively stereotyped) behavior from within their own group. Using African-Americans as the test case, this work builds on scholarship about the politics of respectability and in-group policing to inform conversations about Blacks’ attitudes toward punitive social policies.