The professor’s research explores the degree to which African American political representation impacts the racial attitudes and political behavior of white people. His research focuses on the substantive and symbolic benefits of black descriptive representation and has sparked regional, national and international interest. He has written several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Black Studies and the Journal of Race & Policy. He is currently writing a book titled “Mississippi Goddamn: The Constraints of Black Politics in Mississippi,” which investigates the political and institutional challenges black politicians face in their quest to represent black constituencies substantively.