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Andrene Wright is a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University specializing in urban politics and political behavior at the intersection of race, gender, and class.  As a scholar, she primarily focuses on producing work that centers the voices of Black women and girls – perspectives that are often pushed to the margins of both race and gendered scholarship. 

Wright is a first-generation American born to Jamaican immigrants. She was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and earned her Bachelors’s degree from the City University of New York (CUNY) John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2017). Wright was also a Vera Fellow (2016), working for the Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice. At John Jay College, students are encouraged to be “fierce advocates for justice.” She can confidently say that this mantra reflects her lived experience, and consequently influences her service and research.

Wright has dedicated her career to being a fierce advocate for race and gender justice, both in academia and everyday life. 

Wright’s dissertation centers on questions related to Black women mayors’ role in African American politics. This work seeks to advance the discipline’s understanding of identity politics, explore the internal dynamics of Black politics more precisely, and situate a Black feminist consciousness in political decision-making. Once completed, she sees this work contributing to the race and gender scholarship championing techniques that best account for intra-group differences within marginalized communities.

Wright’s work has been funded by the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy (CSDD)(2021) and the Center for American Women and Politics (2021). She is also a former recipient of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellowship (2018). She recently published in The Washington Post and has a forthcoming book chapter in Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S Politics, Volume 2.

Wright holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University and a Bachelors degree in Political Science and African American studies from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.