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McClain, Paula Denice

(born: 1950) 

Paula D. McClain is a political science professor at Duke University with a focus on racial and urban politics.

In 2007, McClain became the first African American to chair the Duke Academic Council, the leading governing body at the school. She is currently (in 2021) the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Professor of Public Policy, Dean of The Graduate School, and Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Duke.

McClain's books include the co-authored Can We All Get Along?: racial and ethnic minorities in American politics, the 7th edition of which is due out in the summer of 2021; it previously received an award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the study of Human Rights in North America. She also co-authored American Government in Black and White, now in its 5th edition. She also has a joint appointment with Sanford Institute of Public Policy

Paula D. McClain was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Robert Landis and Mabel T. Molock McClain. She is a three-time graduate of Howard University. She previously taught at the University of Virginia.

For more see Paula McClain Curriculum Vitae and Profressor Paula D. McClain, both Duke University websites.

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