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Faculty & Research

Priscilla Yamin

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Associate Professor, Political Science
Political Science
Office: 924 PLC
Research Interests: American Politics; Politics of Inequality; Social Policy; Marriage and Family Politics, American Political Development and Institutions, Race, Gender and Sexuality studies and Feminist Theory, Political Culture and Political Identity
Faculty affiliate:
Center for the Study of Women in Society
Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies


BA, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, Gender Studies and Feminist Theory, New School for Social Research
PhD, Political Science, New School for Social Research
  • "The Racialization of Privacy: Racial Formation is a Family Affair" (with Jessica Vasquez-Tokos) Theory & Society, January, 2021 (Winner of Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association's Race, Gender and Class Section)
  • "Deportability and (Dis)unification: Family Status and U.S. Immigration Policy (with Allison Gash), book chapter in The Family, The Amercian State and Poitical Development, 2019
  • "Illegalizing" Families: State, Status and Deportability," (with Allison Gash), New Political Science, 2019, (Recieved Christan Bay Award Best Conference Paper Award, New Political Science, APSA, 2017)
  • "Constructing the Sex Trafficker: Spectral Figures and Sexual Violence in Calfornia's Propostion 35," (with Daniel HoSang), New Political Science, 2016
  • "State, Status and the American Family," (with Alison Gash), Polity, April 2016
  • "The Importance of Political Identity in Studying Instituitons," Politics, Groups, Identities, June 2013
  • Book: American Marriage: A Political Institution, University of Pennsylvania Press, Fall 2012, https://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15020.html
  • "The Search for Marital Order: Civic Membership and the Politics of Marriage in the Progressive Era," Vol 41, No 1, January 2009, Polity