Tehama Lopez Bunyasi
Tehama Lopez Bunyasi is an Assistant Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her research is grounded in conflicts around race and ethnicity in the United States with specializations in racial attitudes and ideologies, structural inequality, Whiteness, Latino racial identity, and political behavior.
Dr. Lopez Bunyasi is currently preparing a book manuscript, Breaking the Contract: The Political Possibilities of Seeing White Privilege. This multi-methodological project examines the role of perceptions of White privilege on the racial attitudes and political preferences of White Americans. This study finds that awareness of the relative advantages Whites have over People of Color contributes to greater support for interventions that help reduce racial inequality. She is also working on a project that examines how the American non-elite makes and ascribes meaning to Latino racial identity through their conversations with one another. In addition to her teaching and academic writings, Lopez Bunyasi promotes dialogue around controversial matters of inequality by contributing commentary to a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times and PBS.
Prior to joining S-CAR, Dr. Lopez Bunyasi was on faculty at Ohio University, and held the Samuel DuBois Cook Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences. She is a recipient of the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a supportive alumna of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute.
PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago
MA, Political Science, University of Chicago
BA, American Government, University of Virginia
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
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October 16, 2012
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Presentations & Performances
Elections 2016: Could America Go Fascist? And What Can We Do About It?
Feb 28 2016 | Washington DC
Civil Rights Event Series: Understanding Privilege
Jan 19 2016 | Arlington Campus
Colorblindness and unconscious racism
Jan 21 2015 | Metropolitan Building