Established research in political science has revealed the superlative political participation of Black American women. Yet, Black women and girls also represent a disproportionate percentage of the prison system and the fastest growing juvenile justice population, respectively. Still, there is very little work on the public perceptions shaping Black women and girls and its negative impacts on their experiences with punishment and political participation. This work seeks to intervene on this gap and in so doing provides a serious contribution to research on this important, but often overlooked, group in American Democracy.
Discussant: Elizabeth Pfeffer (Oxford)