Department of Political Science and the College
Patricia Posey is a mixed methodologist whose research broadly investigates the relationship between race and American political economy, focusing on links between capitalism, urban space, and political behavior. She is developing a book manuscript that examines the political and financial inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities in the US, focusing on how financial services such as pawnshops, check-cashing outlets, auto title loans, and payday loans (collectively known as the fringe economy) exacerbate extractive relationships across race and class in a racialized political economy.
Her work has appeared in Can America Govern Itself? (Cambridge University Press, 2019), the Journal of Research on Adolescence, The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage blog, and the Politics of Color blog of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. She has been recognized as a Fontaine Fellow, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, American Political Science Association Ralph Bunche Scholar, and American Political Science Association Minority Fellow.
Posey received a BA in political science and a BA in sociology from the University of Florida, and a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in political science at the University of Chicago, a Diversity Predoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in digital humanities at the University of Pennsylvania.